I am an avid history reader. Especially about all things in North Carolina. I didn’t know anything about Coloington Island. This article was first published in the North Beach Sun and then in Coastal Review Online, both great sources for history.
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All of it -every Cracker Jack toy, every set of false teeth, every spyglass, every shell, every World War II flashlight-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?
The self-guided tour of a sampling of the historic homes inventory will begin with a reception at the Kill Devil Hills, Town Hall at 1 p.m. Participants will be given a guide book of the inventory and a map of the properties that will be open.
Wines! Food! Music! Old world and new world wines from around the globe will be poured accompanied by local fare served with warm island hospitality. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, and the engaging rhythms from our stage set against the backdrop of the Roanoke Sound.
This month, the program will feature George Converse, maritime history researcher, author and resident of Camden County. Mr. Converse’s presentation, entitled “Building the Splinter Fleet: The Wooden Warships of North Carolina in World War II”, will highlight the wooden vessels produced in eastern North Carolina during World War II.