It’s not all about the beaches on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. A wealth of interesting historic sites and museums can also be enjoyed throughout the area—whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for some unique and fun activities.
Originally constructed in the early 1800’s to guard the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, Fort Macon State Park is today one of North Carolina’s most-visited state parks and one of its finest examples of 19th century military architecture. It was used during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and WWII for soldiers’ shelter, as well as a prison.
Today, the Fort is home to a historic tours, Civil War reenactments, and scenic nature trails, as well as a beautiful beach that offers swimming, picnicking, and fishing.
No trip to the Crystal Coast is complete without a tour of Historic Beaufort! Here, beautiful shops line the scenic waterfront, offering a wealth of charming local shops, businesses, and restaurants in beautifully-preserved buildings.
Don’t forget to take a tour of Beaufort Historic Site, which includes a jail, courthouse, apothecary, doctor’s office, and three historic homes.
For those who really want to explore some unique history, there’s no better place to visit than the North Carolina Maritime Museum of Beaufort. Here, you’ll find all the artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, as well as the Watercraft Center, where local volunteers build and restore boats to preserve the boat-building traditions of the area. You can even build and take home your own “Harkers Island skiff”!
A wide range of unique and traditional history awaits within the walls of the History Museum of Carteret County, located in downtown Morehead City. Here, you’ll find everything from the ancient artifacts of indigenous peoples to Civil War history to exhibits of historical fads and fashions throughout the years.
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