AAA Editor Notes
Island Farm is at 1140 US 64, following signs. This living-history site depicts mid-19th-century agricultural life on Roanoke Island. The Etheridge farmstead, a house built on land that had been farmed by the pioneer Etheridge family since 1757, is the oldest period restoration dwelling on the island. The house is filled with antique furnishings and 19th-century pieces, some of them original to the house. Other buildings include a reconstructed slave cabin, chicken coop, windmill, cookhouse, woodshed and blacksmith shop.
Visitors can meet the resident animals and take an ox-cart ride on the farm's trails. The visitor center has exhibits about daily life on the farm, island culture, fishing and boatbuilding. Costumed interpreters demonstrate 19th-century children's games, farming and household duties.