Friday, March 07, 2014

Down East

On Wednesday I joined a small group of islanders for a visit to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harker's Island. I had been there once before, and was looking forward to another visit to view their first class exhibits.

Harker's Island is part of the coastal plain of North Carolina called "Down East." Their heritage and culture are very similar to ours on the Outer Banks. The museum is a large building with an impressive collection of decoys, work boats, quilts, and other artifacts that celebrate coastal North Carolina's maritime history...and the area's palpable sense of community.

Core Sound Museum

One of several Decoy Displays

A Traditional Wooden Skiff

Colorful Local Quilts

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

If you are traveling to or from Ocracoke by way of Cedar Island, be sure to make time to visit the Core Sound Museum. It is at the very end of Harker's Island (follow the green sign on Rte. 70 between Otway and Smyrna, to Harker's Island). You might even want to explore their hiking trails, visit other scenic landmarks, or take the passenger ferry across the sound to Cape Lookout. You can see the lighthouse from Harker's Island.

I can assure you from personal experience -- the museum is a "must stop" and well worth the extra time. 

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here:


  1. OcracokeFan7:29 AM

    I totally agree with your review of the museum. We ran across it a couple of years ago while exploring the area. What a beautiful site. There were very few people there and we practically had the place to ourselves. Don't miss it!

  2. Anonymous10:41 AM

    How is it going with the ferries to Cape Lookout? I understand the park service has really shaken things up...which seems pretty sad. Here's the link I read about:

    1. I have heard about the new arrangement for ferries to Cape Lookout...and I just read the link you posted. Because I do not live on Harker's Island, and don't understand all of the issues, I do not have a comment. I guess only time will tell if the new or the old system is better.