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“Core Sound Museum details area's watermen histories”

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The museum houses the region’s largest collection of decoys (old and new) along with changing exhibitions of workboats, community history, commercial fishing, and wildlife photography. It also offers a stunning view of Cape Lookout Lighthouse from the third-story tower. Willow Pond includes an interpretive hiking trail through maritime forest that leads to the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitors Center next door.
Beaufort, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Core Sound Museum details area's watermen histories”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

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.

Visited December 2011
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Morehead City, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
221 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great Display of Carteret Co. History”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

Filled with Carteret County History from top to bottom.. Very nice buidling and the drive out to the end of Harkers Island is always nice.. Take time to look over at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse..Good way to spend a day during the fall.. Stop by Sea Side and grab a shrimp burger on the way off the Island..

Visited August 2011
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York, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A modern NC Treasure”
Reviewed June 1, 2011

In the seven years we have been to the Banks, this museum has grown from a small effort to a wonderful way to get to know Core Sound and it's surrounding areas. From displays of local memorabilia to demonstrations of decoy carving, it's authenticity is marvelous. Take the time to investigate the past of this region!

Visited July 2010
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North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very cool.”
Reviewed March 20, 2011

I could have spent two days here reading about and looking at the history of this area. Alas, I had two young children with me and, although they tried to show enthusiasm, it was just another boring museum to them. Beautiful building and grounds. Friendly, helpful, local staff. Well done.

Visited March 2011
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Albany, NY
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Pleasant way to spend an afternoon.”
Reviewed March 3, 2011

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center
Visited October 27, 2010 Admission free

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center is located at the end of Island Road on Harker’s Island. The newly renovated and expanded museum has many displays depicting the talents and skills of local residents, focusing on decoy carving, boat building, storytelling, oral history, local authors, traditional music, regional food, and fishing. Each job/position on a commercial vessel is uniquely explained by posters of individuals who are/were employed in the position, explaining it in their own words. Traditional music by local musicians plays in the background. The new third floor observation tower offers a view of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse across the sound. Allow a couple of hours to wander through the museum and enjoy the many and varied displays.

Visited November 2010
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