Harkers Island is located approximately 17 miles from downtown, historic Beaufort. Sometimes referred to as “the island of refuge”, many of the inhabitants are descendents of earlier settlers who left the more precarious islands just across the sound.
There was no bridge connecting Harkers Island to the mainland until the early 1940’s. The resulting isolation helped Harkers to retain a rich and unique history among it’s watermen who still today speak in a brogue with charming Elizabethan English tones.
Custom boatbuilding and fishing, as well clam, crab and oyster harvesting have been longstanding means of sustenance for the islanders.
The 21st century finds Harkers Island as a fisherman’s and boater’s paradise. The pristine waters of Back Sound connect Harkers Island to The Cape Lookout National Seashore and the Cape Lookout lighthouse and Shackleford Banks wild horses. Ferries are readily available from Harkers for shuttling visitors to the National Seashore.
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The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and the annual Decoy Carvers Festival are among other of the islands distinctive attractions. Artisans from Harkers Island are renowned for their wooden decoys and handcrafted boat models.
Harkers Island boasts unique waterfront and water-oriented real estate. Historic and new homes and communities blend together to make this island ideal for lifelong homes as well as second and vacation home ownership.
When visiting Carteret County, you’ll want to be sure to explore this special place along the Crystal Coast!
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