Old Nags Head Cottage Row. These historical homes have stood stoically by the ocean, through the storms and hot summers. They are alive, beautiful, and breathtaking to say the least. In the midst of overbuilding, overcrowding, brashly painted houses, cookie cutter designs, the” have more and do it cheaper” epidemic, are these beauties. They stand for a time when beauty and function were revered. When wandering through these cottages, one feels the strength, the love, the beauty and function of the structure.