“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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    Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site & Museum

    With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites.  Our purpose is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to […]

    23645 NC Hwy. 12, Rodanthe, NC
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    Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

    Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is located at “the end of the road” on Harkers Island and welcomes everyone to visit and celebrate the living traditions of decoy carving, boatbuilding and commercial fishing. The museum also has exhibits on every small Down East community, complete with quilts, needlework, old-time ovens, ironing boards, photos, […]

    1785 Island Rd. Harkers Island, NC