On the NC Crystal Coast, you can find many relics and artifacts that paint clear and obvious pictures of what life was like for the settlers, pirates, soldiers, and natives that lived along
Bogue Banks. As such,
the Crystal Coast abounds with historic homes, landmarks and picturesque places. We included some of our favorite historical places to visit in
Emerald Isle, and
Island. Visiting these beautiful places will give you a great sense
of what life was like for those living in this seaside paradise and
also give you a great sense of the unique island culture found here.
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Fort Macon State Park
P.O. Box 127
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Fort Macon was built between 1826 and 1834 and is located on the eastern end of
Bogue Banks in Carteret County. Fort Macon replaced Fort Dobbs and Fort Hampton, which were two structures that were previously built, but
destroyed for various reasons. Built as a pentagon shaped fortress, the fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it has seen a great deal of trials and battles. General Robert E. Lee was stationed at Fort Macon when he was a young Army officer and later Fort Macon was the scene of a significant Civil War Battle.
Eventually the fort fell to Union forces in April of 1862. Later Fort Macon would see action in the Spanish-American War and again in World War II. Today Fort Macon State Park is a 389
acre state park and one of the most popular parks in the entire country. Visitors to Fort Macon State park can enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, educational programs, guided tours of the fort, a museum with extensive exhibits, and numerous other activities.
Beaufort Historic Site
100 Block Of Turner Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
The Beaufort Historic Site offers numerous activities and ways to explore North Carolina's third oldest town. Visitors can tour
Beaufort via a double decker bus as you ride by the historic fine homes, old jail, court house, apothecary, art gallery and the Old Burying Ground. Visitors are also taken to the Old Beaufort Museum Gift Shop so they can shop for history books and books on the local heritage.
The Beaufort Historic Site comprises 10 buildings, six of which have been authentically restored. The site sits on two acres in the middle of downtown
Beaufort NC and visitors can tour and take pictures of homes such as Leffers Cottage (c.1778), the Josiah Bell House (c 1825), the John C. Manson home (c 1825), and the Doctor's Office (c 1829).
Rachel Carson Reserve
101 Pivers Island Road
Beaufort, NC 28516
Located just across from historic
Beaufort NC is the Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve which a large nature preserve that is comprised of five gorgeous islands. The reserve is open year
round and visitors are encouraged to take a self guided walk through
the different islands and see all the diverse habitats. Self-guided trail brochures are available and can be obtained by calling the reserve office. During the Spring and Summer months walking nature tours and a boat cruise which takes you along Taylor's Creek all the way to Carrot Island are also available free to the public. Call 252-838-0883 for tour schedules and to make reservations for the boat cruise.
North Carolina Maritime Museum
315 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516-2125
The NC Maritime Museum, located in
Beaufort, has numerous programs, exhibits, workshops and other educational field trips that present the extensive maritime history of the Crystal Coast region.
The museum also manages several different environmental education
efforts and looks to promote maritime conservation programs in the
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
131 Charles St.
Harkers Island, NC 28531
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse on Harker's Island is reachable only by boat and located in a natural and pristinely kept area on one of North Carolina's barrier islands. In addition to visiting the Cape Lookout Light Station Visitor Center you can also tour the Keeper's Quarters Museum and learn more about the history and people that inhabited the island. While visiting the Cape Lookout Lighthouse you should also tour historic Portsmouth Village, which is a 250 acre historic town
that has been well preserved yet deserted. Both area truly remarkable places
Morehead City & Newport
The History Place
1008 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
The History Place, located in downtown
Morehead City, is a museum showcasing coastal artifacts and items from the Native American period through World World II. A genealogical and Civil War library is one of the many exhibits featured at The History Place, and guided tours are available upon request. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors are happy to know that admission is free. When you visit The History Place in
Morehead City NC, you'll be able to research your family tree, learn about the history of the
Crystal Coast, and enjoy the delightful tea room which is located on site.
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