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10334293_1475613099376670_5269381434111100383_nFounded in 1960, the Beaufort Historical Association is a private, nonprofit, membership- and volunteer-based organization that owns and operates the Beaufort Historic Site in the town’s historic district.

The two-acre site on Turner Street features six authentically restored buildings, including the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, as well as the Old Burying Grounds nearby on Ann Street. 

To learn more about the BHA and its many events and programs that are designed to preserve and promote the town’s history and heritage, visit

NC Maritime Museum

The NC Maritime Museum on Front Street is one of three state Maritime Museums, with the others in Hatteras and Southport, all with the purpose of preserving, collecting and interpreting coastal life and history. 

Inside the museum is the official repository for the artifacts from the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, found in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet.  The interactive exhibit opened in 2011.

To learn about the museum, its annual programs and the neighboring Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center where the museum houses boatbuilding courses and more, visit

Cape Lookout National Seashore is 56 miles of seashore, accessible only by boat.

The park service has visitor centers on Harkers Island, in Town Hall on Front Street in Beaufort, the Light Station Visitor Center near the lighthouse, the Great Island Cabin Office on South Core Banks, the Long Point Cabin Office on the North Core Banks and the Portsmouth Visitor Center in Portsmouth Village.

Rangers offer programs throughout most of the year. To find out more information, visit

To find out more of what Carteret County has to offer, visit the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority’s website, at