WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. -- You will soon have the opportunity to learn more about one of the oldest homes in Wrightsville Beach.

Builders escorted a cottage that survived the great 1934 fire to a location where it can be enjoyed by the public.

"It gives us a sense of place. Wrightsville Beach has this old architecture that was not formal, it was vernacular architecture. But it was unique to this spot," said Executive Director of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History Madeline Flagler.

Peggy Daughter has lived at the beach for 13 years and spent some of her time making more memories living in the Ewing-Bordeaux house.

"Oh my gosh, I loved it. I still love it, and I'll love it forever. I mean Betty (Berdoux, home owner) was old time Wrightsville Beach," said Daughtry.

The 1934 fire destroyed more than 100 homes and caused more than $1 million worth of damages, according to historians.

Six cottages survived, and now the Ewing-Bordeaux home will be renovated at the historic site.




As for Daughtry, she is glad to see the town taking care of something that meant so much to her.

"It kind of feels funny not seeing it next door, but I know this was a wish that Betty really had, and that she was really thankful that it never got torn down," said Daughtry.

Museum staff encourage people to stop by regularly to see the progression of the renovations.

The official opening for the house will be in July. 

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