Explore island life as it was more than 150 years ago. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Stroll along the pasture fences and visit with the farm animals, listen to the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, help a farmer hoe his corn or carry water to the garden. In the cookhouse, hear the sizzle of salted ham in the skillet or help the cook make corn cakes. See laundry being washed in a steaming iron pot over a hardwood fire and lend a hand if you like, or just relax under the shade of a tall pecan tree and watch coastal history come to life before your eyes.

Hands-On Activities and Demonstrations May Include:
Woodworking • Cooking • Ox-drawn wagon rides
Children’s 19th-century toys and games
Farm and garden planting, harvesting and tending
Blacksmithing • Self-guided tours of the farm and house

Activities vary daily and by season and are weather-dependent.

See our event calendar


How To Get Here

The farm is located at 1140 US Highway 64, north of Manteo on Roanoke Island–only 15 minutes from Nags Head and 1 hour from Corolla, and just 5 minutes from the North Carolina Aquarium, The Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh, Roanoke Island Festival Park, and the Manteo Waterfront.

Island Farm
P.O. Box 970
Manteo, NC 27954

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 35.928954 N35 55.737
Longitude: -75.687100 W75 41.22