Discover Rich and Exciting History at the Island Farm in Manteo

08/17/2019 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Museums and Historic Sites

While most visit the Outer Banks for the incredible beaches, great surfing, and outdoor activities, the area has a rich history that people seldom explore. You can experience the heritage of one North Carolina family at the Island Farm in Manteo. This historic site features tours and activities that let you immerse yourself in 19th-century coastal living. 

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What You Need to Know About the Island Farm in Manteo

Why Should You Visit?

Step back in time to an era where the vacation rentals, shops, and restaurants in Manteo were nonexistent. The Island Farm in Manteo is a fun, interactive, and historical area in the center of Roanoke Island where kids and adults can experience coastal life in the mid-1800s. Learn about and island family who lived through the Civil War, assisted the Wright Brothers in their quest for flight, maintained a fully functional farm with livestock and crops, and were cornerstones of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. 

150 years of history comes to life in this living museum in the heart of the island. You can explore the 125 acres of the Island Farm in Manteo on a tour during your next trip to the island! It’s a fantastic way to see and learn about our area’s rich history.

Manteo Island Farm Information for Your Visit

The Manteo Island Farm is open from April 2nd through November 30th. You can visit the farm between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Admission is $8 for all ages and children five and under can enter for free. The farm may close or reopen depending on the weather. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens is down the street from the Manteo Island Farm. This stunning garden consists of 10 manicured acres bordering the Roanoke Sound where plants, flowers, sculptures, and more create a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. You can check what’s in bloom every month of the year, so you know what to expect when you visit!

The Outer Banks Aquarium

The Manteo Island Farm isn’t the only fun thing to see on Roanoke Island! The Outer Banks Aquarium is an excellent place for kids and adults to discover and learn about the native marine life along the North Carolina coast. From sharks to turtles to tropical fish, you’ll find a beautiful mix of stunning aquatic life in this fantastic attraction. They also offer a variety of tours, activities, and unique experiences for guests.

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