Embrace the pace. Explore Island Farm, a living history site interpreting daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. Living on the bounty of the surrounding waters while working the land to feed their families, islanders were independent and enterprising. Some families fished and farmed only for their own use. Others operated on a larger scale. They farmed enough acreage to sell their crops, and fished commercially, taking their catch to Norfolk and Baltimore. They brought back furniture, books, silver and other niceties. One such family prospered here, tracing its beginnings on Roanoke Island to 1757, when Adam Etheridge leased 1,500 acres on the North End to farm and to range his livestock. In 1783, Adam's son Jesse bought 150 acres of this same land. It forms the core of today's Island Farm, which the family owned for over 200 years, until the non-profit Outer Banks Conservationists acquired it in 1997. Adam Etheridge, who built the house that is the heart of Island Farm today, was the fourth generation of Etheridge's to live on this island. Today, Roanoke Island is home to an eleventh generation. We invite you to peel back the layers of the past and imagine one moment in a time, at one place in history: Island Farm more than a century and a half ago. Here is what you'll find during your visit.
At Island Farm, all admission and check-in operations have been moved outdoors to the Visitor Center front porch. A plastic divider will separate visitors from staff during check-in. Visitor Center staff will be wearing a cloth face covering and gloves. The Visitor Center will be open to a limited number of visitors at one time, with an added one-way flow (different entrance and exit) to avoid visitor congestion. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available to visitors. In the historic buildings, the number of visitors will be limited and interpreters will be stationed outside to eliminate the potential for close proximity with visitors in an enclosed space. All education will take place outside. Sanitizing of all “high-touch” surfaces will occur frequently throughout the day. Restrooms are located at check-in for visitor hand-washing, and they will be cleaned/sanitized multiple times throughout the day.