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    NC Maritime Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    The NC Maritime Museum has been hyped as a big deal. And it is very nice, but it isn't as good IMHO as the one at Solomons, although this one is FREE.

    They had a big shell collection (but the one in Bermuda is MUCH bigger more complete - the shells are not especially from this area, but are from all over), and a lot of stuffed fish.

    They did have an interesting quiz - all the objects in one room were numbered (like a bottle wrapped in cords, and a little Seagull motor) and there was a sheet of paper on which you were supposed to write the number of the object next to its description.

    There were more different kinds of boats and explanations about the various styles of boats than there are in Solomons. There was a small section on Blackbeard, and one on duck decoys including one that flapped its wings.

    Some volunteers were there with fossils that they had found locally - a lot of sharks teeth. They handed me a big chunk of fossil and asked me what it was, and I said it looked like a grinding tooth. They were impressed (he said "You're good" but he didn't realize that I have my degree in zoology) , because it was a mammoth tooth.

    MUSEUM HOURS OF OPERATION:

    Monday-Friday: 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    WATERCRAFT CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION:

    Monday-Friday: 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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    More to Do Than You Would Imagine

    by MaryWarshaw Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    -Walk or bike the Historic District-at least 100 homes...from 100 to 300 years old.
    -Beaufort Historic Site...tour selected buildings, including old court house and jail.
    -Tour-guided commentary via boat or BHA's Red English Bus.
    -Tour-guided visit to Old Burial Ground...or pick up a brochure and do a self tour...not to be missed.
    -NC Maritime Museum...see relics from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge and more.
    -TALL SHIPS ARE COMING JUNE 30-JULY 5, 2006.
    -Take a ferry to Cape Lookout or kyack the barrier islands.
    -Walk the boardwalk, especially around sunset...sit outside...enjoy live music...see wild horses.
    -Then there's the beach and Fort Macon State Park...........and more.

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    Beaufort Historic District Tour

    by grandmaR Written May 8, 2005

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    Ann Street looking down towards Old Burial Ground
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    Beaufort reacted to the American Revolution by providing men, leadership and supplies to the colonial army. Near the end of the war, the Royal Governor Thomas Burke sent a force of 250 men and four vessels to Beaufort to “plunder and destroy the Town of Beaufort”. The schoolhouse was burned after a fight between the enemy and the town force.

    There are still many historic buildings that are listed on the National Register. The first architectural survey was conducted in Beaufort in the early 1970s and was the basis for the Beaufort Historic District National Register nomination of 1974.

    Since then, the Historic Preservation Office has sponsored three additional survey projects in the county, including a study of Beaufort's African American neighborhoods and an update of the original Beaufort Historic District survey in 1996.

    Gibbs House was the first building listed 3/14/1973. I do not have a photo of this house which was built in 1772 and was the home of Captain Charles Biddle and his bride Hannah Shepard during the Revolutionary war.

    The Old Burying Ground was listed in 4/8/1974

    The whole Beaufort Historic District was put onto the register just a little later in 5/6/1974

    Beaufort Historic District ***
    (Carteret County - #74001331) (9000 acres, 16 buildings)

    Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
    Architect, builder, or engineer: Simpson,Herbert Woodley
    Architectural Style: Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival
    Area of Significance: Community Planning And Development, Commerce, Military, Transportation, Science, Architecture
    Period of Significance: 1700-1924
    Owner: Private , Local Gov't
    Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic
    Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling2
    Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic
    Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling2

    The last one listed was the Jacob Henry House in 5/7/1977

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    The Duke University Marine Lab

    by etfromnc Updated May 28, 2014

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    One of the most unexpected and wonderful experiences of my young life was my first visit to the Duke Marine Lab. It is unique in the world and now comprises a central component of the Nicholas School of the Environment's mission to provide interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities addressing an area of vital concern--the quality of the Earth's environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. (Duke had a forestry school when I was an undergraduate there but the Nicholas family and the environmental movement came together to form the Nicholas School just a few years ago.)

    The first buildings at the Marine Lab were erected in 1938, and today, over seventy-five years later, the Marine Laboratory operates year-round to provide educational, training, and research opportunities to about 3,500 persons annually, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in the university's academic programs. As a student and later as an alumnus, we had no trouble getting into the facilities but a recent update to their website requests that anyone planning to visit the Lab should "notify the Duke Marine Lab ... so we can ensure your access to the island. Contact Ruth Rolar or Dominick Brugnolotti for arrangements."

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    Queen Anne's Revenge is NOT a travel disease

    by etfromnc Written Dec 4, 2013

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    The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is the official repository for artifacts from Blackbeard, who some consider to have been the world’s most famous pirate. The museum is also the centerpiece of Blackbeard’s Pirate Trail. The museum’s exhibit, Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, features more than 300 artifacts from the pirate’s flagship, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718. Artifacts include everything from cannons to cuff links to the head (toilet) that was located near the captain’s quarters. Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit also features interactive quizzes, props and a look into what the future holds for the shipwreck site. In 1996, Intersal, Inc., a private company, discovered the shipwreck, and it has been administered by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources since 1997. The wreck was verified as the Queen Anne’s Revenge in 2011. The Maritime Museum became the official repository for all artifacts and has been exhibiting them since 1997.

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  • Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

    by lilpinkqt04 Written Sep 9, 2011

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    We went on the dinner cruise and we had a wonderful time. The boat was big and spacious and the crew was very friendly and helpful. They had many other cruise options as well so there is something for everyone! I would recommend this to anyone in the Crystal Coast area and plan on coming back next year!

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  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum

    by berrywhalesong Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    What a fabulous museum! Two floors, multiple rooms, themed, I could have spent all day there just looking at their extensive seashell collection.
    There's a lighthouse lens in there that is a virtual work of art.
    The pirates' corner was engaginly whimsical.
    There is also an impressive Coast Guard display- uniforms through the ages, the first " one -man life boat, " and a respectable array of those early tools of the trade.
    I must admit, my favorite areas were the ones dealing with whales and whaling.
    And I was pleased to see that some of the museum's signage has a column for us regular folk to add comments and questions. Thank you very much.
    I also am a zoologist, and I am impressed everytime I see the tooth of a prehistoric elephant!

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