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Ocracoke Preservation Museum

Hwy, 12P.O. Box 491, Ocracoke, NC 27960
252-928-7375
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Hiking
Description: A tiny museum that features the history of Blackbeard, the 18th-century pirate.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Charleston, SC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our visit to the museum was short but sweet. You learn a lot about Ocracoke, especially from the plaques outside by the boat and there is no fee. Glad we took a quick stop to check it out

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Nicely preserved display of local history! I learned more from the local "Coker" gal about the island in one visit than I had on my own in many years of coming down here. Great displays of local artifacts, photos of hurricanes, nautical interests and pirate history. Free admission too!

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Charlottesville
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a tiny museum in an old house. Inside, you'll find old clothing, a replica kitchen, a room dedicated to seafaring history, tragic pictures of past hurricane damage, and a video exhibit that captures the essence of Ocracoke Brogue (the local dialect). You'll also find interesting exhibits on figs & yaupon tea (two interesting local products). The museum is... More

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Washington Nc
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90 reviews 90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This Museum allows you can see and imagine what the early life was like on Ocracoke for the early residents. It will make you appreciate the island more and will add to your visit. Must see attraction.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This museum offers a window into Ocracoke as it was in first half or so of the 1900's. There is an impressive collection of artifacts. It might not be too impressive for children reared on electronic gadgets, but it does not take too long to get through. Definitely worth a stop. I always buy tickets for the quilt raffle.

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