Museums & Historic Sites

Take your trip back through time while you’re here on Ocracoke Island.

Ocracoke’s history is rich and colorful. There is no better place to learn about the history of Ocracoke Island than at the Ocracoke Preservation Museum, located in the restored David Williams House. The museum consists of permanent and changing exhibits depicting island life from days gone by. The gift shop is nice place to pick up a few vacation mementos! Take a turn down British Cemetery Road to honor the British armed forces that made their way to the United States during WWII to help protect our shores against the Germans. For the crews of the ship HMS Bedfordshire, the British tanker San Delfino and unnamed others, the ocean, and the tiny hamlets of Ocracoke and Buxton on the Outer Banks would be their final resting place.

Ocracoke Island has a long history for a short island chain. Discover our exhibits, museums, and historic sites:

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Ocracoke Lighthouse

360 Lighthouse Rd
Phone: 252-928-6711
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Ocracoke Preservation Museum

49 Water Plant Rd.
Phone: 252-928-7375
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Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit

278 Irvin Garrish Hwy.
Phone: 252-928-5601
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Portsmouth Island

Portsmouth Island, NC
Phone: N/A
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Portsmouth Island Boat Tours

278 Irvin Garrish Hwy.
Phone: 252-928-4361, 252-928-5431
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Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit

935 Irvin Garrish Hwy.
Phone: 252-928-1718
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