Wales reminisces about family trips to Nags Head in the summertime in the 1920s. The eighty-five mile trip from Edenton to the beach took all day and required five different modes of transportation. There were about fifty buildings in the whole of Nags Head at that time. Many had no electricity for refrigerators, lights, stoves, and hot water heaters. Nor were there large supermarkets. What Nags Head lacked in modern conveniences, it made up for with its lively interaction of vacationers and residents.