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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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

Sat All Day, Nov 21 – OPEN HOUSE

Core Sound’s Christmas Open House

Special Preview in the Gift Shop

Pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa

Santa’ s Workshop for K-5 th Graders

Refreshments for Everyone

Thanksgiving Weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Remember SHOP LOCAL for Christmas!

“Shop Where Your Purchases Help Preserve Down East History”



Dec 4 (Fri Evening)

Preview Party

Tickets Available Now

Dec 5-6

(Sat & Sun)


All Over the Island!

Thurs Evening, Dec 10

MEN’s NIGHT at Core Sound – Special Deals!

Make sure your guys are here and we’ll make sure they make the right purchases!



Sun Afternoon & Evening, Dec 13

3 pm Down East Christmas Parade
4 pm until .... Visits with Mr. & Mrs. Santa at the Museum after the Down East Christmas parade 
TROLLEY RIDES to see the Down East Lights will begin at 5 pm!
Call for reservations! Rides leave at 5, 5:30, 6; 7, 7:30 and 8
Showing of Polar Express will be ongoing during the evening!
Special Last Minute Bargains in the Shop!  
Refreshments & Fun at the Museum


Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

will be closed December 24-25-26. Merry Core Sound Christmas to All!


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Fri & Sat

10am - 4pm

Core Sound Corner Store

Located in the Marketplace Shopping Center 

4950 Arendell St. - Morehead City







Find the best selection of renewed & recycled merchandise! 

Shop, Share & Support the CSWM&HC

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Sharing Core Sound News

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.” 

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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


Information on climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse


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

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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