The Annual Christmas Open House at
Mattie Midgette's Store for viewing of the
Nellie Myrtle Beachcomber Collection
Will be Saturday, December 17
10 AM ~ 4 ~ PM ~ Admission is Free!
We hope to see you there!
"The old register at the grocery fell silent a quarter century ago. Worn wooden shelves that once showcased canned peas and collards are now crammed with beach glass, feathers, shells, sand, bricks and bottles. Glass cases that once tempted children with peppermint sticks and licorice whips are littered with whalebones, peace pipes and driftwood. Walls are draped in ﬁshing tackle. Frayed lengths of rope coil like cobras under chairs. Chunks of old shipwrecks lie stranded on shelves. A watermelon sized wicker basket overﬂows with children’s toys. A slender cash drawer cradles miniature china dolls. A fat orange buoy lounges contentedly in a corner.
"All of it-every Cracker Jack toy, every set of false teeth, every spyglass, every shell, every World War II ﬂ ashlight-was spit from the sea. And all of it was gathered off a mile long stretch of Outer Banks beach by Nellie Myrtle Pridgen, a Nags Head native who combed the shore at dawn and again at dusk nearly every day for nearly 60 years. Now that she’s gone, we’re left to wonder:
"What will become of the riches she gathered and the beach she loved?"
From "The Collector" ~ by Lorraine Eaton