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Nags Head Hotel Account Books and Day Books


The Nags Head Hotel was the second hotel built in Nags Head following the Civil War. It was built partially over the sound in the vicinity of Jockey's Ridge. Ownership and proprietorship changed hands many times. Proprietors of the hotel include C.W. Hollowell, A.E. Jacobs, J.C. Perry and John Z. Lowe. During the 1890s, the Nags Head Hotel Company was formed and stock certificates issued. The hotel caught fire and was destroyed in 1903. Mrs. John Z. Lowe, wife of the proprietor, died during the fire from an apparent heart attack. The Nags Head Hotel Account Books and Daybooks consist of seven account and day books from the Nags Head Hotel Company. The collection also includes a freight book ... (more below)

Title

Nags Head Hotel Account Books and Day Books

Collection Number

PC.5026

Date(s)

1873-1892

Box 1Box 2
Language

English

Physical Description
Boxes
2.00
Items
14.00
Abstract

The Nags Head Hotel was the second hotel built in Nags Head following the Civil War. It was built partially over the sound in the vicinity of Jockey's Ridge. Ownership and proprietorship changed hands many times. Proprietors of the hotel include C.W. Hollowell, A.E. Jacobs, J.C. Perry and John Z. Lowe. During the 1890s, the Nags Head Hotel Company was formed and stock certificates issued. The hotel caught fire and was destroyed in 1903. Mrs. John Z. Lowe, wife of the proprietor, died during the fire from an apparent heart attack.

The Nags Head Hotel Account Books and Daybooks consist of seven account and day books from the Nags Head Hotel Company. The collection also includes a freight book for the steamer  Clarence, and stock certificates issued to C. W. Hollowell.

Physical Location

2F6-2F0

Creator

Nags Head Hotel (Nags Head, N.C.)

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


This collection is divided into two main series: Account Books and Day Books.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Sarah Downing, prior to 2001.

Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009


Nags Head, North Carolina has been a summer gathering spot since prior to the Civil War. Planters and merchants from the Albemarle region of North Carolina and south eastern Virginia summered at Nags Head to take advantage of its ocean breezes and generally healthy seaside climate. Visitors arrived by sloops and steamers and often spent the entire summer.

The original resort was located on the sound side south of Nags Head Woods in the vicinity of Jockey's Ridge and Engagement Hill. A number of cottages were built, as well as a hotel that included a large ballroom. Confederate General Henry A. Wise used this hotel as his headquarters during the Civil War, and set it afire before retreating after the Battle of Roanoke Island in February 1862. It is shown on early maps of the area.

In 1866, another hotel, the Alexina, was built over the Roanoke Sound. It was owned by A. E. Jacobs, and named for his children. This hotel was fashionable for a number of years before it succumbed to encroaching sand and was torn down while a new hotel was built.

The new hotel, also built (in part) over the sound, was a three-story, wooden T-shaped structure. According to an 1881 advertisement, the hotel underwent substantial improvements and a wing was added. Later accounts give the total number of rooms as 100.

Ownership and proprietorship changed hands many times. A. E. Jacobs and his wife Eliza acquired the hotel and related buildings in 1886 from C. W. Hollowell, who was listed as grantee in later hotel transactions. Proprietors of the hotel include C. W. Hollowell, A. E. Jacobs, J. C. Perry and John Z. Lowe. During the 1890s, the Nags Head Hotel Company was formed and stock certificates issued.

The hotel caught fire and was destroyed in 1903. Mrs. John Z. Lowe, wife of the proprietor, died during the fire from an apparent heart attack.


Formerly classified as 33MSS-26


[Identification of item], PC.5026, Nags Head Hotel Account Books and Day Books, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.


Purchased from the Bibliobarn in New York in 1997.


The Nags Head Hotel Account Books and Daybooks consist of seven account and day books from the Nags Head Hotel Company. The collection also includes a freight book for the steamer  Clarence, and stock certificatees issued to C. W. Hollowell.


  • Hollowell, C. W., 1821-1892
  • Clarence (Steamer)
  • Nags Head Hotel Company
  • Hotels--North Carolina--Nags Head
  • Nags Head (N.C.)

Physical Description
2 boxes, 7 items
Physical Description
Boxes
2.00
Items
7.00

Folder: 1:1.1  
Finding Aid

Item: 1:2.1  
Freight Book, Steamer <title xlink:type="simple" render="italic">Clarence</title>
July 1, 1892-August 30, 1892

6798  
Account Books

Item: 1:3.1  
, (includes inventory for <unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1880</unitdate>)
May 18, 1873-July 3, 1876
Item: 1:3.2  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">July 3, 1880-September 20, 1881</unitdate>
July 3, 1880-September 20, 1881

6801  
Day Books

Item: 1:4.1  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">June 19, 1880-September 12, 1881</unitdate>
June 19, 1880-September 12, 1881
Item: 1:4.2  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">June 1892-October 1892</unitdate>
June 1892-October 1892
Item: 2:4.3  
, <unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1875-1876</unitdate>, (includes inventories <unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1882-1889</unitdate>)
Aug. 16, 1873-September 26,1873

Item: 2:5.1  
Nags Head Hotel Stock Certificates