“Tell me where you’re from and I’ll tell you who you are …” — WALLACE STEGNER, HISTORIAN

Welcome to a place where the past and the present come together in communities connected by the geography of the land and the sea that surrounds them and the history and culture that define them.

Traditions here run generations deep, from building wooden boats to fishing the salty waters of the Atlantic. Whether a fisherman, a decoy carver, a quilter, a cook, a fishing guide or a ferry captain, people here continue a way of life that has been shaped by the tide and wind, the abundant fish and game, and the deep sense of community that has weathered storms for hundreds of years. There are artists and artisans, musicians and songwriters, balladeers and historians of all kinds along these shores too.

Visitors are welcome to become part of our communities — whether for a day, a week, or a lifetime. Come to listen and learn from the time-honored heritage that makes this place what it is today, and what we hope it will be tomorrow.
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    Sam Green Decoys

    Sam Green makes and sells canvas-backed decoys. “People on the Outer Banks used just about anything, from a burlap sack to an old bed sheet, for these decoys and they worked just as well as the ones made of wood. When plastic came along, canvas decoys all but disappeared,” he says. Green also demonstrates the art […]

    Frisco, NC
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    Simpson's Farm and Nannie's Bakery

    At the Simpson farm stand you will find home grown greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, collards, leaf lettuce, okra, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, summer squash, and watermelons.

    743 Hwy 70, Bettie, NC
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    Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild

    The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild is dedicated to the preservation of the waterfowl carving heritage that runs deep through the history of the Core Sound area in North Carolina. We invite you to join us on most Thursdays if you need help with a carving or want to sit and talk carving with us. […]

    1574 Harkers Island Rd, Straits, NC
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    Underground Farm

    Underground Farm is a local, sustainable vegetable farm & learning center serving all of Carteret County, the Crystal Coast, Beaufort & Morehead City. Our mission is to grow and provide fresh vegetables and fruits and to educate citizens and tourists, school children and adults, growers and consumers about the pleasures, rewards and challenges of farming […]

    811 Straits Road, Smyrna, NC
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    The Boathouse

    The Boathouse features models built to scale, working skiffs, and small boats up to 20-foot with all boats custom built of juniper, hand-planked and finished by hand. Jimmy Amspacher is the owner and sole boat builder of The Boathouse where he carries on the “rack-of-the-eye” style of boatbuilding that he learned from the master boatbuilders […]

    Marshallberg, NC
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    Rose's Vacation Rentals

    We rent cottages and rv and camper sites. Our business is family oriented and many of our guests enjoy kayaking, yolo boarding, and bird and wildlife observation and photography during stays with us. We started this business in the late 1980s when the demand for wooden boats was declining. Mr. Rose has built 60 traditional […]

    287 Bayview Drive, Harkers Island, NC
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    Thurston House Inn

    The Thurston House was constructed in the early 1920s and was the home of Ocracoke native guide Captain Tony Thurston Gaskill for over 75 years. The Inn is on the Register of Historic Places in North Carolina and was winner of the First Annual Ocracoke Fig Cake Contest.

    685 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC
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    Blackbeard's Lodge

    In 1936, Stanley Wahab designed the grand two-story structure as the Wahab Village Hotel, with high ceilings, authentic cedar paneling and long inside corridors. The building has had many uses in its 75 years existence. It housed a massive generator recovered from a cruise vessel sunk off the coast, which provided the first publicly available […]

    111 Back Road, Ocracoke, NC