Outer Banks Historic Sites

The Outer Banks is rich in history and likes to wear its heritage on its sleeve. Between Native American tribes, colonial settlements, pirates, the Civil War and the first airplane, today’s Outer Banks historic sites line the area. Make your way from one end of the Outer Banks to the other, visiting lifesaving stations that used to assist those in peril out at sea, lighthouses that brought ships safely to shore, farms that give you a taste of Outer Banks life in the 1800s, educational museums, piers and settlement sites that hold mysteries. No matter where you go on the Outer Banks, there’s relevant historical information to be found. If you enjoy the great outdoors, hike through nature preserves, Pea Island or Portsmouth Island. If you’d prefer sites that are more indoor oriented, climb up some lighthouses or visit the beautiful old Whalehead estate in Corolla. Check out the below listings to see what Outer Banks historic sites capture your interest, hop in your time machine and take a step back in time.


Outer Banks Attractions by Area

Corolla | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Attractions by Category

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Outer Banks Historic Sites
23645 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
(252) 987-1552

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the U.S. Life-Saving Service stations that were built along the Atlantic coast in the late 19th century to attend to shipwrecks and rescue survivors. The 1874 Station was the first operational station built in North Carolina, serving until 1954. Chicamacomico has been partially restored, thanks to numerous volunteers who formed a nonprofit... read more

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the U.S.... read more

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Outer Banks Historic Sites
1101 Corolla Village Road, Corolla
(252) 453-4939

The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality... read more

The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors... read more

Island Farm

Outer Banks Historic Sites
1140 N. US Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-6500

A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. Visitors feel as if they’ve stepped back more than 150 years as they explore the farm and see interpreters dressed in period attire carrying out the daily activities of the time — tending animals, blacksmithing, hoeing corn, doing laundry, making corn cakes. Hands-on activities and demonstrations may include woodworking, textile... read more

A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s.... read more

Jennette's Pier

Outer Banks Historic Sites
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1501

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classroom and banquet hall, and it's the newest Outer Banks attraction, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The pier features wide, clean public beaches, free parking and a bath house with outdoor showers. With its mantra of Fishing, Family and Fun, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. There’s world-class fishing, unique... read more

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop,... read more

Lost Colony

Outer Banks Historic Sites
1409 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64), Waterside Theatre, Manteo
(252) 473-2127

More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, in an attempt to settle on Roanoke Island. They vanished just two years later. The only clue left behind was the word “CROATOAN” carved in a tree. The Lost Colony is their story. This outdoor drama is the longest-standing Outer Banks attraction, celebrating its 80th season in 2017!

Written by Pulitzer... read more

More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, in... read more

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Outer Banks Historic Sites
1 Festival Park, Across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 475-1500

Did you know that the first Roanoke Island settlements predate the Jamestown settlement of 1607? The Roanoke Island settlements took place 20 years earlier, between 1585 and 1587. Though the Roanoke Island colonies didn’t prove successful as far as longevity, they were the foundations of English-speaking life in America and provided much-needed information about the New World that helped the later colonies succeed. Roanoke Island... read more

Did you know that the first Roanoke Island settlements predate the Jamestown settlement of 1607?... read more

Whalehead

Outer Banks Historic Sites
1100 Club Road, Historic Corolla, Corolla
(252) 453-9040

Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound. At first sight of the more than 21,000-square-foot Art Nouveau home, so out of place in the Outer Banks landscape, it’s immediately apparent that it has an intriguing past and a fascinating story to... read more

Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed... read more