Grandson of last farmer in Nags Head Woods tours old farmstead
It’s hard to imagine, but at one time much of Nags Head Woods on the Outer Banks was open pasture and farmland. Rad Tillett, grandson of Mr. Erb Tillett, walked writing Kip Tabb through the old homestead in Nags Head Woods for this article that appeared in the Coastal Review Online.
“The Tillett Cemetery is on a low ridge next to Old Nags Head Woods Road in Kill Devil Hills. There’s a chain-link fence around it, but it’s a beautiful setting, surrounded by pine and live oak. The land from the cemetery to Roanoke Sound is now part of Nags Head Woods, but at one time it was a thriving farm.
Rad Tillett has taken on the task of tending to the cemetery. He’s 84 and has lived on the Outer Banks his whole life. His grandfather, Isaac E. Tillett—“Mr. Erb”— who was born in 1865, had farmed the land and raised a family with his wife, Maggie S. Tillett. Maggie lived from 1874-1953.”
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