Jean Dale Restoration

"Jean Dale" -- more than a wooden boat ...
             She is the story of Harkers Island



On September 16, 2000 the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum received an important addition to its collection, the Brady Lewis' built "Jean Dale."  On September 11, 2010 the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center celebrated the complete restoration of the "Jean Dale" and Harkers Island's long history and continued tradition of boatbuilding.

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Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway connects the communities of Down East Carteret County, Ocracoke and Hatteras Island to provide visitors from around the country and world a beautiful travel experience along this edge of land we call "home." 

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Atlantic Ferry

Down East - A Heritage Shaped by Core Sound



The stories of the communities of Down East - from Cedar Island to North River, along with the communities of Portsmouth, Diamond City, Salter Path and Promise Land who share our history - are documented and shared through museum programs, exhibits and publications. Oral histories, photographs, family heirlooms and community artifacts tell the story of the people of these communities.

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Lookout Tower



From the tower, visitors can view the spectacular expanse of Core Sound in a manner and from a visual perspective that has never before been possible, even for long-time residents. The panorama includes Shell Point, Shackleford and Core Banks, Core and Back Sounds, and Cape Lookout Lighthouse, and many Down East communities. .

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Lookout Tower

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend



A homecoming of friends, family and supporters, this is the time of year when it all comes together.  Beginning on Friday evening, the first weekend of December finds the Island filled with the best of the region's waterfowl art, local music, museum exhibits, beautiful carvings, community boatbuilding, lots of seafood, and even a fellowship service on Sunday morning. Come be a part of this true Down East celebration of heritage and home.

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Jan 4 - Mar 30

2014 Working on the Water Photography Exhibition

In celebration of the exhibition opening of "Workboats of Core Sound" and installation of a new water quality display, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is sponsoring it's fourth annual winter photo competition entitled "Working on the Water." Individuals are encouraged to submit photographs that highlight aspects of the entire seafood industry capturing the extraodinary lives of people who work on the water and the food they bring to tables across the country.

 

For more information on the competition or the exhibit, call the museum 252.728.1500 x 25

 

Click here for the entry form and complete details.

 

 

 


 

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Merkley Family Photography



In the People's Gallery ...


Join us daily at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center for special exhibitions along with our two floors of Down East history, memories and special people.

 

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 2pm-5pm

Admission:  $5 

Museum Members, Students and Children are Free.


Due to budget challenges over the past several years, we are requesting an admission as of June 25, 2012.  We sincerely hope you understand the financial challenges we face in operating this beautiful facility and will support the museum. 

 

Every TuesdayQuilting Demonstration by the Core Sound Quilters

(10am-2pm)  

 

 

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Oct - Mar

Core Sound Workboats - Photography Exhibit

New in the Gallery...


Photography by Lawrence S. Earley

...Along the wide waters of eastern North Carolina, the people of many scattered villages separated by creeks, marshes and rivers depend on shallow-water boats, both for their livelihoods as fishermen and to maintain connections with one another and with the rest of the world.

 

Don't miss this beautiful collection. And while you're there, you'll want to pick up your own copy of "The Workboats of Core Sound". 

 

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On-going

Roy Willis Exhibit

A display from the Collection of Roy Willis - Core Sound carver, collector, historian, waterfowler and Museum volunteer – has been made possible by a donation of the NC Decoy Carvers & Collectors Association and friends and family of Roy.  It gives Museum visitors a fascinating glimpse of Roy’s lifelong collection of Core Sound decoys and artifacts.

Fri & Sat

10am - 2pm

Core Sound Corner Store

Located in the Marketplace Shopping Center 

4950 Arendell St. - Morehead City

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Find the best selection of renewed & recycled merchandise! 

Shop, Share & Support the CSWM&HC


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Core Sound is Catching Up with Technology

Please invite your friends and family members to send us their email for e-newsletters, calendar updates, program previews and happenings here “at the end of the road.” 

Send to:  museum@coresound.com

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Museum Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm-5:00pm

Willow Pond Loop Trail Hours: Dawn-Dusk

 

Due to budget challenges over the past several years, we are requesting a $5 admission.

Museum Members, Students and Children are Free.


We sincerely hope you understand the financial challenges we face in operating this beautiful facility and will support the museum. 

 

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center Self-Guided Tour


On Your Way

Whether coming from the east by ferry or from the north, west or south by highway, your trip to Harkers Island will bring you over creeks, marsh, maybe even a river, past communities of working people who love this place we call Down East. So, be sure to take it all in on your way here and we will make sure that your trip "to the end of the road" is an experience you will want to share with others over and over.

 

Ward Brothers Decoys come to Core Sound

 

Lem and Steve Ward of Crisfield, MD, collectively known as the Ward Brothers, are arguably some of the most recognized decoy makers in the world.  From humble beginnings as barbers and carvers, they rose in prominence and artistic skill to not only produce decoys but poetry and flat works of art.

 

Early carvings from the Ward Brothers Decoy collection from the Ward Museum in Salisbury, MD are currently on display at the CSWM&HC. 

 

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While You Are Here

Visit the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/calo/index.htm

 

Information on climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

 

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center's Taste of Core Sound Featured on North Carolina Weekend

Watch the video at http://video.unctv.org/video/2197767100 

The Museum is featured in Chapter 3.

 

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center Featured on Tarheel Traveler

 

Harkers Island is known for duck decoys

Willow Pond's wildlife a wonder in Harkers Island

 

 

Core Sound Yearbook: Annual Report 2010

 

 

It's a trip you don't want to miss ...

Leave the mainland behind and come to the most romantic byway in North Carolina -- the Outer Banks Scenic Byway of the barrier islands. Tour its beautiful beaches, thriving wildlife preserves, historic towns, and well-known lighthouses. Travelers make plans to come back even as they leave.

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NC Rural Center Innovative Economic Development Grant Update - October 2010


NC Rural Economic Development Center Grant awarded Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center in June 2010

  • Purpose - To catalyze job retention, supplemental income generation, and small business development in natural resource-based sectors, especially the commercial fishing and eco-/heritage tourism industries
  • Focus – unincorporated communities along the Outer Banks Scenic Byway
  • Amount - $350,000 ($200,000 to implement community projects; $150,000 for educational programs, workshops and research); grant will cover two years of planning and development for the three areas of Hatteras Island, Ocracoke and Down East Carteret County.


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Be sure to learn more from our community planning resource guide at www.saltwaterconnections.org