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Sugarloaf Island sits across the water from Morehead City’s waterfront. First deeded to a local citizen in 1818, many residents in Morehead City today remember playing on the island as children. Fishermen used the small island to dry nets while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the area to dump dredge spoil. In 2002, the town purchased the island as a city park and installed a foot path, boat dock, and rest rooms to increase accessibility and ease of use. Various species have been identified on the island and are recorded in an interpretive trail map.
The last residents of Lukens Island left in the mid-1940s. The village itself has disappeared over the years, leaving the town cemetery as the last remaining evidence of the island’s past. Every year, former residents and family members gather on the island to visit and remember their loved ones. Today, the cemetery remains active as the final resting place for locals and past residents.
The annual Lukens homecoming is held to remember the small community of Lukens in Carteret County. First settled during the 18th century, town residents began leaving following extensive damage from the 1933 hurricane. Today, Lukens descendants and family members return once a year to share histories of the community. Descriptions of the town and residents are given by those present. A trip to Lukens follows the remembrances. Today, some of the Lukens structures are still standing in South River, North Carolina.