The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
This is a replica of an 1877 screwpile lighthouse that was located offshore in Croatan Sound. It was decommisioned by the US Coast Guard in 1955. It has a short tower with the lantern on roof of the 1 1/2 story wooden keeper's house. An attempt to move the structure to the mainland by an individual destroyed it beyond repair.
The replica was dedicated on September 25, 2004, and contains exhibits highlighting Roanoke Island's maritime heritage, including a history of the Marshes Lighthouse and its keepers. It is located along the waterfront walk of "Shallowbag Bay" just off the east end of Queen Elizabeth Street in Manteo on what used to be called the "sewer-pier" back in the early 1990s. The sewer treatment facility no longer exists and the pier has been completely renovated
Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
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North Carolina Maritime Museum
After we visited the Aquarium and had lunch, we thought the Maritime Museum might make a good next stop. Unfortunately, it was closed - at that time of year it was only open Thursday to Sunday.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum of Roanoke Island is located in the George Washington Creef Boathouse on the downtown Manteo waterfront. We looked through the windows of the boathouse. It is billed as, a working boathouse which offers a look at local and regional maritime heritage "through displayed watercraft, exhibits, restoration projects, and traditional skills workshops."
There is also supposed to be an authentic shad fishing boat, the Ella View, made from native Outer Banks trees, which is an example of the historical boat developed over a century ago at Roanoke Island.
I walked out along the docks to the lighthouse and looked in, but it didn't look like there was anything in there except you could climb one flight to the light part. The other part of it was a workshop. Apparently this is where the Elizabeth II (the replica of the boat at the Festival) was built. The lady at the aquarium told us that the Elizabeth II is in drydock for the year now.
Location: George Washington Creef Boathouse - 106 Fernando Street, Manteo.
Museum hours vary seasonally:
Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm . Winter hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10am-5pm .
Admission is free.
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