Nags Head, N.C., Aug. 28, 2011
Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin Stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood in Nags Head, N.C. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed yesterday by Hurricane Irene, 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," Erin said afterward.