New Exhibits Bring Island Stories To Life At Cape Lookout

Some new exhibits at Cape Lookout National Seashore give visitors a sense of what the barrier islands have to offer.

The park's headquarters on Harkers Island offers images of the grand Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the well-known wild horses of Shackleford Banks peer. There are also new exhibit panels that entice visitors to experience the seashore's stretch of islands, from Shackleford Banks and the Cape to North Core Banks and Portsmouth.

Those who look a little further find more reasons to explore the park's 56 miles of seashore.

An example of the "ghost trees" that dot the islands rises to the ceiling in one corner. The trees died when the dunes eroded and left the maritime forest vulnerable to salt spray, but the skeletons of some still stand.

And former residents of Portsmouth Village, which is no longer inhabited, share memories of the historic town that visitors can listen to.

The exhibits are part of an expansion effort at the park's visitor center.