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 work, cooking demonstrations, 19th-century toys and games, and farm and garden work. Visitors to this popular Outer Banks activity take self-guided tours of the Etheridge House and Farm, interacting with interpreters along the way. Activities vary daily and by season and are weather dependent. Special events held in spring and fall include Sheep-Shearing Day, Pumpkin Patch Saturdays in October and Evening Lantern Tours: Draped in Black in November. Standard admission costs $8 per person with children 5 and younger admitted for free. Island Farm is open Tuesday through Friday each week from April through November, and they're closed on Thanksgiving Day.
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