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Family's historic Nags Head, N.C. cottage built in 1903 destroyed by Hurricane Irene

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Billy Stinson, left, comforts his daughter Erin Stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in Nags Head, N.C., on Aug. 28. The cottage, built in 1903, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. Stinson has owned the home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, since 1963. "We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," said Erin afterward.

How heartbreaking the loss of this cottage must be for the Stinson family. To read a lovely piece on the home and to see a picture of it as it stood in all of its glory, check out this story from 'Our State' magazine.

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Billy Stinson searches for his belonging in a pile of debris that was once his cottage on Aug. 28, in Nags Head, N.C.