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The Crystal Coast included treasures not to be found in a chest or pirate ship. Included among the troves of visit worthy towns including the stretch between Beaufort and Cedar Island known as “the Original Downeast.” Proving its value of an historic sort entailed mention of Beaufort’s colonial roots and remembrance of Fort Macon as a Civil War battle site. As for personal historic merit, cited was Pine Knoll Shore’s connection to relatives of Theodore Roosevelt.
Today, the name Havelock may be synonymous with the air force station located nearby, which currently employs more than 14,300 individuals and generates 2.2 billion dollars for the region’s economy. Perhaps not considered so often about the town first named Slocum’s Creek is its close proximity to Crystal Coast beaches. It was cited by the author as a factor leading many personnel stationed at Cherry Point to make Havelock home, post retirement.