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Ocracoke Preservation Museum

Address: Hwy, 12P.O. Box 491, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Phone Number: 252-928-7375
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: A tiny museum that features the history of Blackbeard, the 18th-century pirate.
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Be sure to time your visit around a porch talk with one of the locals. Donations gladly accepted --- please keep the place alive.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We stopped into this museum after we'd put our car into the ferry line for our return trip, so we didn't have enough time to really enjoy this lovely museum! It's not high-tech or modern, but it's full of lovely local artifacts, and lots of accurate local history -- so worth the time to visit and read and enjoy! Next... More

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Illinois or Panama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Tucked away in a back room was our favorite part of this little museum -- a video on the Ocracoke Brogue. We'd noticed difficulty deciphering the local language lilt, but this video was enlightening.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A cute museum in an old house tells the history of Ocracoke. A good place to stop with kids; its free, and you can rake as long or short as you like. They survive on donations, so don't forget to put something in the box! Worth the stop, though the map led us astray; this us located near the ferry... More

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greensboro,nc
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It was so very interesting to go back in time and learn about Island life. There were so many exhibits to explore & even a small gift shop. The staff was very nice & accomdating. My favorite part was the kitchen where I learned so much about figs(an island staple) since I've got two at home I did'nt know what... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This place is worth a stop if you're here already, but like most of the other attractions on the island it's not worth coming to the island just to come here. They have some neat artifacts and exhibits that depict early life on the island. They have a sand pit where the kids can dig for shark's teeth. There's just... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The museum is small but gives an excellent representation of life on Ocracoke and the families that settled there. The exhibits are well done, and my husband I enjoyed our visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This small museum has some standard exhibits, but changes up the other rooms. You can learn about Fort Ocracoke, military history involving Ocracoke and hurricanes through the ages. There is a constantly running video which tells you about the people of Ocracoke. It's very interesting.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Much like Ocracoke's lighthouse, I found this museum to be underwhelming. Generally, I enjoy small, local museums, but this one rather bored me. It seemed to be a large collection of artifacts, though I didn't learn much. Perhaps it was due to my having visited numerous villages along the Outer Banks all summer long. At any rate, the museum is... More

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St. Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This small museum in an old house has exhibits on the more intriguing facets of the unique community of Ocracoke: film of disastrous hurricanes, maps and models of seafaring, especially the war against WW 2 U-boats, a documentary on the local accent and storytelling, artifacts of home-making and community. The staff is enthusiastic about history and friendly.

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