ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Island Farm, A New Outer Banks Attraction

Updated on October 20, 2011
DonnaCSmith profile image

Donna Campbell Smith is a published author, freelance writer, and photographer. She also specializes in horses.

A Look at Farming in the 1800s

Regular visitors to the Outer Banks who have seen all the sites can enjoy a new park on Roanoke Island in historic Manteo. Island Farm is a living history site taking us back to the mid 1800s to learn about life down on the farm. Island Farm has been in the Etheridge family since the 1700s. Family heirs turned the farm over to the Outer Banks Conservation in 1997.

The Island Farm Visitor Center is the portal to a trip back in time. It houses a small museum with information about life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. Learn about fishing, boating building, farming, the Freedman’s Colony, and more. The small admission fee is used to support the livestock on the farm and maintain the farm buildings.

The Island Farm

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Inside the cookhouseSheep grazed in the front pasture. They provide wool for clothing, spun and woven on the farm.staff members are on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various skills.Garden and Main House.Meeting the Ox
Inside the cookhouse
Inside the cookhouse
Sheep grazed in the front pasture. They provide wool for clothing, spun and woven on the farm.
Sheep grazed in the front pasture. They provide wool for clothing, spun and woven on the farm.
staff members are on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various skills.
staff members are on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various skills.
Garden and Main House.
Garden and Main House.
Meeting the Ox
Meeting the Ox

The house, originally built in 1847, and a ten outbuildings have been carefully restored and furnished with period furnishings, some which are original to the house. It feels like a trip back in time when you enter the door. The table is set in the dining room, papers and books are arranged the desk in the parlor, the bed is neatly made in the servants quarters behind the parlor. When you go out the back door you see and smell fragrant smoke curling out of the cookhouse chimney. Step inside that small building and see what the cook is making. You may be treated to a taste of fresh butter and cornbread.

While visitors touring the buildings they will also meet staff in period costume. These staff members are on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various skills like spinning, cooking and livestock management. Sheep graze in the front pasture while the oxen are pastured behind the house. Chickens free range, explaining one reason the kitchen garden is enclosed inside a picket fence. The rooster crows proudly over eggs laid by his hens, adding even more authenticity to the tour. Children may enjoy a ride in an ox drawn cart, learning that an ox is a “boy cow” used for working on the farm.

Island Farm is located on hwy 64 in Manteo, North Carolina. To learn more visit their website at www.theislandfarm.com or call 252-473-6500

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • JDove-Miller profile image

      JDove-Miller 

      7 years ago from YOUNGSVILLE

      Gotta make sure I go there next time! Thanks for the photos.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)