Olde London Inn

By: steveandholly2
3/31/2010 1:50 AM

Hello. Does anyone remember the Olde London Inn in Nag's Head? I stayed there a few times during the 70's. I know it is not there anymore, but I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of this great hotel. They had a really nice back deck that was painted or stained red and a modern convenience: a shower head to wash the sand off with....WOW! It was located on the beach just south of a pier. I think it was the Nag's Head Fishing Pier. I had many fond memories of the place with my grandparents and I would be very greatful if you have any pictures or memories of the place that you could share.

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By: OBXbeachBUMinVA
3/31/2010 2:58 AM

You mean like the proprietor "barefoot Joe"? And the ocean front deck that looked out onto a sand dune so high that it blocked the view of the ocean? The ocean front rooms with double beds that connected to a road-side efficiency room -- ideal for large families. My first visit was in 1968 and last in 1984. It was demolished sometime in the 90s, I think.


By: steveandholly2
4/1/2010 1:24 AM

Hi thanks for replying. I stayed at the Olde London Inn 3 times as a child. The last was in the mid 70's when I was 10. We always had an ocean front room, but the deck or the dunes did indeed block the view. I used to enjoy playing with my cars and dinosaurs right there in the sand outside our room. I have many fond memories. I have a post card from there but I can't find it at the moment. I know it is here somewhere. My Grandparents used to go every year and the owners offered to sell it to them at one point....LOL. One odd thing that sticks in my mind was one night sitting on the deck, watching the shooting stars in the dark night sky, and my Grandfather was listening to the Phillies game (we are from the Philly area) on an old AM radio. I remember him telling me that sometimes, for whatever reason, he could pick the game up in NC, all the way from Philadelphia. How is that for reception? I used to love walking on the beach at night with a flashlight and looking for sand crabs. One day, we were sitting on the deck and my Grandfather saw a crab and threw a piece of his BLT sandwich towards it. The crab took the BLT into it's hole but eventually decided it didn't like the tomato and brought that piece back out! I sure do miss that place. If anyone has any photos they can share, I would love to see them.


By: Tammy
4/11/2010 6:25 AM

I stayed there once. It was about 2001. My husband and I got married in 2000 and this trip was just before our 1st anniversary. I remember asking for an ocean front room. The clerk told me they had ocean front rooms available but you couldn't see the ocean from them because of the dune. She was right. The deck was wonderful. I remember sitting there eating a sandwich from Subway for lunch. Stupid me never thought about the fact we were sitting in the sun (it was mid May) and I got burned. When we went back the next year, the lot was vacant.


By: steveandholly2
4/13/2010 9:00 PM

Hi Tammy. I have indeed heard that it was torn down in 2001. Such a shame.
I think it may still be a vacant lot. Can anyone confirm if the site of the Olde London Inn is still a vacant lot? It was at mile post 12.

I would still like to see anybody's pictures of the inn, if they have them.
Thanks, in advance.


By: gfury
4/21/2010 7:03 PM

Cottages stand there now. The Sea Spray motel (just south of there) was also torn down in the past couple of years. After some legal wrangling, 6 large cottages went up on that stretch as well.


By: steveandholly2
4/27/2010 12:02 AM

Thanks for the update gfury. I guess everything changes over time.


By: steveandholly2
8/26/2010 1:21 AM

Anyone got any Olde London Inn pix???


By: maloneyjim
11/8/2012 9:56 PM

The Olde London Inn is gone...... demolished in 2001.

The Inn was started by John Yancey ,,,,,,a cleaver man

He owned the property and use it to store house trailers....

Fisherman coming to the outer banks wanted to rent the trailers and presto chango the Olde London Inn began.

Years latter Knights Inns re invented the same concept of stacking trailers under one roof..... but Yancey invented it.

The Inn was only opened seasonably and was operated by Joe "Barefoot Joe" Blackwell and his wife Estelle.

If Joe was not at the Inn he was at the Buoy 9 in Kill Devil Hills.

Much of old nags head is gone now.... very sad

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By: vanutzi
11/10/2012 10:19 PM

Stayed there on our Honeymoon in 1976 and about 20 times after that. We loved sitting on the deck with binoculars you could see if they were catching anything on the pier.


By: ponygrl
11/15/2012 7:58 AM

My brother and I stayed there a few times in the 90's on our spur of the moment weekend trips in the fall. The rooms were decent and affordable. Miss that place. I remember back in the day, driving to th Hatteras lighthouse and there would be nothing for miles. Now look at it..

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By: marid4061
1/13/2013 10:32 PM

Stayed there a few times in the 70's when I was a teen and then right after I got married. Couldn't you walk to the Footsball Palace from there? It seemed like an old motel even back then. Lots of good memories.


By: hyperpen
9/14/2018 7:45 PM

Stumbled on this thread. Here's a pic from 1999. Stayed here with my sister in 1994

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By: Ron Ragland
1/30/2019 5:39 PM

Does anyone remember "The Soundside Restaurant" which was on the east side of the Wright Memorial Bridge. The restaurant was there in late 40's to mid 50's.


By: Emory
1/30/2020 8:08 PM

I remember taking our boys to olde london inn back in late 80s /90s. What good times to remember. We were so excited to get there and swim in ocean.

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By: Buddy
5/8/2020 5:27 PM

Wow, just found this message board.
I have lots of stories and memories, going back to the beginning.
My father built this motel ! It would take some research to remember the exact year, 62/63?
He and John Yancey were business partners in Newport News.
Yes, they were trailers. Built in Newport News and driven down on flatbed trucks. Very hazardous as they were obviously oversized. As I remember this was done because it was so hard to get reliable construction workers in the OBX at the time. As you might remember, they were then bricked in.

My parents were native New Yorkers, who ended up in the Newport News area after WW2.

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By: Jennbrady
5/22/2020 8:16 AM

Buddy, thanks for the history. If you have photos, please share. My parents used to take us to Ye Old London Inn back in the 70s and 80s. I cannot find any pics.


By: Banks68
8/2/2020 11:21 AM

Yes, thanks for the reminder of better days. They are long gone


By: bindors
12/7/2020 10:15 AM

I don't even know if these photos have remained in our family photo album. I'll ask my grandmother if she remembers where these photos are. She already has multiple sclerosis and forgets a lot, but I will try to find out everything she remembers about this hotel.
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By: Mechdonna2
12/17/2020 10:10 AM

Speaking of John Yancey, my family stayed at the John Yancey Motel back in the 1960s. Great memories. I have some photos from our vacation. I will have to look for them. I think the pool is in the same location as it was back in the 1960s.