Rasmus Midgett House (Hatteras Realty Waves Office)

25438 Hwy 12
Waves
NC

Rasmus Midgett House (Hatteras Realty Waves Office)

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Recently restored, the circa 1849 home is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This structure was the birthplace and home of famous surfman Rasmus Midgett, a true American hero who was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. The restored home serves as the Waves office of Hatteras Realty.

Surfman Rasmus S. Midgett was born in 1851 and died in 1927. He received a gold lifesaving medal for single-handedly rescuing 10 men from the shipwrecked /Priscilla/ on August 18, 1899 when he was stationed at the Gull Shoal Lifesaving Station. The house has a door from that shipwreck.

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Building owner R. Stewart Couch adaptively restored the structure and in April 2007 opened the building as Hatteras Realty’s Waves office. “The house is steeped in history,” says Couch, who saved the structure “to protect the legacy of a true American hero.” [The Coastland Times, Sept. 25, 2010.]

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The National Register nomination states “the Rasmus Midgett House is a testament to the rare but enduring traditional house form associated with the rugged and independent lifestyle of self-sufficient Outer Bankers. The house was built in the mid-19th century, probably around 1850 to 1860, and reached its present form through four distinct phases of construction. In 1937, a storm pushed the house off its foundation. At that time, the house was moved from its original location facing the sound about 200 feet to the east to face the main road.”

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Wow.. That sounds so heroic and he does deserves this honor. But, my question is that, what or how exactly does it contributes to the art and history of our country? And how are they going to protect or preserve this place?

Web Based EMR

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Building owner R. Stewart Couch adaptively restored the structure and in April 2007 opened the building as Hatteras Realty’s Waves office. “The house is steeped in history,” says Couch, who saved the structure “to protect the legacy of a true American hero.” [The Coastland Times, Sept. 25, 2010.]

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The National Register nomination states “the Rasmus Midgett House is a testament to the rare but enduring traditional house form associated with the rugged and independent lifestyle of self-sufficient Outer Bankers. The house was built in the mid-19th century, probably around 1850 to 1860, and reached its present form through four distinct phases of construction. In 1937, a storm pushed the house off its foundation. At that time, the house was moved from its original location facing the sound about 200 feet to the east to face the main road.”

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Wow.. That sounds so heroic and he does deserves this honor. But, my question is that, what or how exactly does it contributes to the art and history of our country? And how are they going to protect or preserve this place?

Web Based EMR

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