Welcome to the
Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum
Located in Historic
Mattie Midgette's Store
on North Carolina's Outer Banks
in the heart of Old Nags Head
Speaking about this historic site
at the time of its listing in the
National Register of Historic Places,
Outer Banks historian David Stick said:
"Let’s put it this way, I would say next to Jockey’s Ridge
and the Wright Brothers Memorial, it is the most
historically significant place on the northern Outer Banks."
Beachcomber Museum Open House
UPDATE ~ 12-1-2013
The final OPEN HOUSE of 2013 at
Mattie Midgette's Store
Saturday, December 21: 10 AM - 4 PM
As always, admission is free.
The Beachcomber Museum is located in Mattie Midgette's store,
4008 South Virginia Dare Trail at Mile Post 13 on the Beach Road,
Nags Head. It is in the heart of the historic Cottage Row District,
just south of Jockey's Ridge.
For a terrific article on Nellie Myrtle's life, GO here...
Directions to the Museum are HERE...
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"I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way
Where the wind's like a whetted knife."
"For most of her 74 years, Nellie Myrtle – as everyone called her – walked at dusk and dawn, day in and day out, along the oceanfront, the sound side and the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge, scouting for beach glass, bottles, old dolls, anything interesting that the sea tossed aside or the sands gave up. By the time she died in 1992, she had amassed jar after jar of sea glass, sorted by color; seashells of every distinction; colorful plastic toys that fill a big basket; bottles of every color and size, some containing messages; and numerous nautical artifacts."
Catherine Kozak ~ The Virginian Pilot ~ Norfolk Virginia
A stunning 12" antique Japanese fishing net float hangs
from the ceiling in circa 1914 Mattie Midgette's Store
The Nellie Myrtle Collection
Beach glass from the Collection:
A large piece of cobalt bonfire glass, a variety of blue beach glass, one stunning lavender chunk
and background cameos by green make this sunset array by Dorothy Hope a classic!
The Nellie Myrtle Beachcomber Collection
Mattie Midgette's Store ~ Old Nags Head
Below, the morning sun lights up some of the shelves in the museum.
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