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North Carolina Coast - Cultural

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Fort Macon (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #1 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Military Bases/ Facilities; State Parks; Cultural
A Civil War fortress located at the entrance of Beaufort Inlet.
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Ranked #2 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Cultural
Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.
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Ranked #3 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Airlie Gardens (Wilmington)
Ranked #4 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Island Farm (Manteo)
Ranked #5 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily... more » Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered. Activities vary daily. « less
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Tryon Palace (New Bern)
Ranked #6 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British... more » Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace. « less
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Historic District (Wilmington)
Ranked #7 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
One of the largest districts listed with the National Register of Historical Places.
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Ranked #8 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Owner description: North Carolina's third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Originally a... more » Owner description: North Carolina's third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Originally a fishing village and port of safety dating from the late 1600's, Beaufort has been visited by patriots, privateers, merchants, and skilled craftsmen who built Bahamian and West Indian style homes and public buildings. On the Beaufort Historic Site, you can take advantage of the six professionally restored buildings, tour the Old Burying Grounds, and take a tour aboard a vintage English Double Decker Bus. Beaufort, NC truly is where history meets the sea. « less
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Ranked #9 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Riverwalk (Wilmington)
Ranked #10 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #11 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
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Downtown Wilmington (Wilmington)
Ranked #12 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
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Ranked #13 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #14 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: On the National Register of Historic Places, Poplar Grove is a museum complex with 1850 manor house, smoke house, tenant... more » Owner description: On the National Register of Historic Places, Poplar Grove is a museum complex with 1850 manor house, smoke house, tenant house and blacksmith shop. Enjoy craft demonstrations, exhibits, farm animals, picnic and playground area, Wednesday Farmers' Market, and free parking. Open daily for tours February through mid December. Annual events include a fabulous Herb & Garden Fair, a July Car Show and a Halloween Festival. Next door is beautiful, 63 acre, Abbey Nature Preserve with over two miles of trails and pond with footbridge. « less
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Ranked #15 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #16 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Military Museums; Cultural
Owner description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the... more » Owner description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Fear River. Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the Confederacy and was constructed to protect this vital opening. Ships running the Federal blockade of the port of Wilmington, known as blockade runners, supplied necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By late 1863, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Federal Army and Navy attacked Fort Fisher December 24, 1864. After two days of fighting with little headway, Federal commanders concluded that the fort was too strong to assault and withdrew their forces. However, they returned for a second attempt on January 12, 1865. For two and one-half days, Federal ships bombarded the fort on both land and sea face. On the fifteenth, more than 3,300 Union infantry, including the 27th U.S. Colored Troops, assaulted the land face. After several hours of fierce hand-to-hand combat, Federal troops captured the fort that night. The Confederate army evacuated their remaining forts in the Cape Fear area, and within weeks Union forces overran Wilmington. Once Wilmington fell, the supply line of the Confederacy was severed, and the Civil War was soon over. This site has been declared national historic landmark. Along with a restored palisade fence, approximately ten percent of the fort still stands. Guided tours, outside panel makers and museum exhibits provide a historical point of reference. Shaded by gnarled live oaks, a scenic trail leads tourists from the visitor center past the gigantic earthworks and around to the rear of the fort. Visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face featuring an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located in Kure Beach on what was then known as Federal Point and today as Pleasure Island. « less
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Ranked #17 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Cemeteries; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
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British Cemetery (Ocracoke)
Ranked #18 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Cemeteries; Historic Sites; Cultural
The remains of four British soldiers whose ship was sunk off the coast during World War II are buried here.
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Cupola House (Edenton)
Ranked #19 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

Visit their  website  for more information on this registerd National Historic Landmark. more »

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Barker House (Edenton)
Ranked #20 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #22 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Ghost Towns; Cultural
Owner description: Over a century ago, Portsmouth Village was a bustling port town. Today, the buildings and exhibits tell the story of changing... more » Owner description: Over a century ago, Portsmouth Village was a bustling port town. Today, the buildings and exhibits tell the story of changing times and life on the Outer Banks. The Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center, School, Post Office and General Store, U.S. Life-Saving Station, Methodist Church, and Henry Piggot House are open to the public seasonally.Be sure to bring insect repellent, drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes. « less
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Ranked #23 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Gardens; National Parks; Cultural
Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
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Ranked #24 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #25 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #26 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #27 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Shops; Specialty Museums; Cultural
This soda fountain and Pepsi gift shop is located at the same site where the first Pepsi drink was invented.
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Ranked #28 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #29 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #30 of 59 Cultural in North Carolina Coast
Category: Art Galleries; Cultural
Owner description: Located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Dare County Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization... more » Owner description: Located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Dare County Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization encouraging the arts through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. Located on the first floor of the historic Dare County Courthouse in downtown Manteo, Dare County Arts Council operates a gallery for emerging and established artists, providing a constantly rotating exhibit of local art. We feature paintings, pottery, works in printmaking, jewelry, wood design, fiber art, and glass, as well as a fine selection of prints. « less
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