More than 2,000 shipwrecks sunk off the Coast of North Carolina in what’s called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. With all that history floating around, it was only natural to build a museum to honor and preserve the maritime culture of the Outer Banks. A state-of-the-art structure, the year round museum houses and displays artifacts, and presents a variety of exhibits and interprets the rich maritime culture that includes war, piracy, ghost ships and more. Artifacts include thoseex from the USS Monitor, which sank 16 miles off the Hatteras coast. The lobby features the stunning and original, 1854, First Order Lens from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Current hibits include those on piracy and the Civil War on Hatteras Island.
Uglie Mugs is a great stop to fill a variety of needs and desires. Hungry? Delve into a delicious pastry, enjoy breakfast foods, taste a tempting muffin or bagel and wash it down with your choice of coffee drinks including espresso and lattes. Cool down with a smoothie, shake, cone or cup of ice cream. You can purchase coffee by the pound as well as a number of tea tins including Earl Grey, Hibiscus and Dragon Oolong.
Check your e-mail – they have wireless Internet service and even printers you can use. Find out what’s happening on the island by reading their informative bulletin board or simply chill, and read the newspaper.
You also can settle into the creative mode for the back half of the shop is dedicated to making beaded jewelry. They have workspace and all the supplies you need to handcraft necklaces, earrings and bracelets. So what’s up with the name Uglie Mugs? They have ceramic coffee or tea mugs for sale bearing goofy faces. You can take home a bit of the island by purchasing a postcard created by local artists.
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