Harkers Island was home to mostly ship builders and commercial fisherman (and water fowl hunters) in the near past. Some fishing and boat building still goes on there - it's imbued in their heritage and lifestyle. This museum honors that past with numerous displays and exhibits. It also details the menhaden fishing industry's history in nearby Beaufort. Many of the Down East fishing towns' histories are detailed also. This museum is probably not for small children - they would be bored. For curious adults (about the fishing history of this area), this museum is very worthwhile. It also has a library and a nice gift shop, so one can spend an easy 1 to 2 hours here. Adjacent to the museum is a nice picnic area with a wonderful view of Cape Lookout, plus there's the Cape Lookout National Seashore (US Park Service) museum located less than 100 yards away. So in one easy day you could see both museums and have a nice picnic in a sheltered area.
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