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I think that God gave this wonderful beautiful stretch of sand for everybody to draw close together. – We swam three times a day, we ate three times a day, we slept a lot and talked a lot. – There’s so much history for us as a family. Our family has such deep roots in this place. (music slows) – My name is Nancy Rascoe and I’ve been coming to Nags Head since I was six months old. Every summer, I stayed with my grandmother Nixon. The Nixon Cottage was actually the Grandy Cottage in 1866. Everybody just seemed to survive the horror ’cause the cottages, the people, I think it’s because they knew how to build ’em. They built ’em with the right roof and the right palings. – What is it like for you to just kinda, to have lived this history and to know these families? – That’s what ties us together.

It does. – [Journalist] Who’s this a picture of? – The picture’s of President Roosevelt in the, I guess the presidential car, ain’t it? They came down to Nags Head and he took them over to Miss Maddie Buchanan’s cottage and we were two doors over, see, at the Nixon Cottage and we watched in their little dining area, right out of the window, watched him from the dining room, watched him come into the cottage. You need to know the old stories and you need to know your young stories. Families getting together and cooking and swimming and playing games and going up Jockey’s Ridge.

We did that nearly every night, went up Jockey’s Ridge. (upbeat music) – Welcome to the Outlaw Cottage. I’m Margie Worthington and this is my sister, Georgia Sullivan. – Hi, nice to meet you. – How are you? – And this is my niece, Georganna Sullivan. – [Journalist] Thank you guys for having us. A beautiful cottage. – Absolutely. – [Journalist] Tell me about the history of how old this cottage is and how it’s been in your family. – The house was actually built in 1885 by our great-grandfather, Captain Edward Ralph Outlaw, who was in the Confederate Army and he cut the timber for this cottage up on the farm that we still own in Bertie County.

This was the last of the 13 original cottages to be built over here. Terrible storm, August 25th, 1918. Washed houses away. – Oh, it’s funny, it’s almost like they didn’t have paper. – [Margie] I know (laughs). – We were trained not to draw on the wall, weren’t we? – [Margie] Yeah, we were. – And they did it all the time. So you get to know the generations in a way that was like the old days here where you weren’t on your phone and you weren’t doing all those other things. You’re just focusing on this place, but there’s magic here too in these old houses. You feel the people who came before you. (slow guitar music) – My name is Francis Inglis and I’m from Edenton and I’ve been coming to this cottage (mumbles) most of my life. – [Journalist] So this is a picture of you when you were about how old? – I think about eight years old.

– Sitting on the railing. – Yeah. – Of the original. – Yeah. – Pretty original cottage. – Well, it’d been added to a little bit. Part in to a local historian is how old this cottage on the beach and it can be dated from the time that on Old Methodist Church was torn down in Elizabeth City and the big old framing timbers were reused. (upbeat music) I think we just need to treasure each minute we have and gather the families and just have the same simple routines and peace as long as we can..

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