Bonehenge whale

Creating Bonehenge Whale Center

Our Mission

The Bonehenge Whale Center in Beaufort, NC is a facility from which to base research, exhibit preparation and display, marine conservation, educational programming, outreach, publications, and stranded specimen collection & maintenance that focus on NC cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), past and present.

September 7,2021
Plan Your Visit
September 7,2021

We're open for visitors (by appointment, for now)!

Final Certification of Occupancy received. 289 donors and 78 volunteers from 17 states and 5 countries made it happen!

January 2019
Construction of Bonehenge
January 2019

Construction completed

Construction complete, the Bonehenge Whale Center received a provisional Certificate of Occupancy allowing for setup and stocking the new facility while we awaited water/sewer.

April 2018 - January 2019
April 2018 - January 2019

Bonehenge Whale Center Construction

Construction takes place on the new Bonehenge Whale Center facility.

May 3, 2018
May 3, 2018

Groundbreaking Ceremony

With the 1st $100,000 raised, a ground-breaking celebration began the volunteer-led construction of the new facility.

April 14, 2018
April 14, 2018

Land Blessing Ceremony

A land-blessing ceremony prepared the property and supporters for the building construction.

November 2017
Bonehenge.org
November 2017

Fundraising website is launched

Bonehenge.org was launched featuring a $300,000 grass-roots fundraiser for the building construction.

April 2017
Bonehenge sketch collage
April 2017

Land for future Bonehenge was purchased

Land was purchased by the Carolina Cay Maritime Foundation bordering the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex. The name “Bonehenge Whale Center” was chosen.

2015
Bonehenge2, 23Apr2016
2015

Design & Funding

Rough concept plans and sketches were developed. The Carolina Cay Maritime Foundation adopted a mission to pursue a new “Bonehenge 2.”

2013-2014
Future Home of Bonehenge Whale Center
2013-2014

Making big plans

Over several celebrations, meals, and meetings, volunteers hatched a plan to take the Bonehenge idea further by creating a more substantial and permanent facility.

March 15, 2012
Echo skeleton on display at North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort
March 15, 2012

Rearticulation of Echo's skeleton completed

That skeletal sperm whale display (named “Echo”) was completed in March 2012 and is on display at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC.

See video below to hear Keith Rittmaster talk about the rearticulation of Echo.

January 26, 2009
The carcass of a 34' male sperm whale stranded at Cape Lookout, 31 Jan 2004.
January 26, 2009

Bonehenge was built with a purpose

Bonehenge was custom designed specifically for the bone preparation and skeletal rearticulation of a 33.5’ sperm whale that stranded alive and died at Cape Lookout on January 31, 2004.

January 17, 2009
Original Bonehenge Pole Barn
January 17, 2009

The original idea of "Bonehenge" was conceived.

In eight days, 22 amazing volunteers conspired to build the original “Bonehenge”, a 20’ x 40’ pole barn, on the McCutcheon’s property powered by cookies and incredible lunches.

Meet “Echo”

The above video features Bonehenge director Keith Rittmaster when he announced the completed skeletal rearticulation of the deceased, stranded sperm whale, Echo.

There’s still more to do…

Explore our programs then visit our Wish List or Donate page to see how you can help support the Bonehenge mission.

Building stairs inside Bonehenge