Island Farm 2020 Program Schedule Released

By on June 26, 2020

Starting Tuesday, June 30th, Island Farm will be hosting regularly scheduled mini-programs!

A living history farmstead, Island Farm interprets the life of early Outer Bankers from the mid-1800s when just over 400 people inhabited Roanoke Island.

Included with the cost of admission, mini-programs will be available in the morning and afternoon (weather dependent), Tuesday through Friday. Parental supervision is required. For all programs, meet at the Visitors Center. Programs for the remainder of the 2020 summer season include:

Tuesday – Friday: Live Blacksmithing (all day)



Make a Corn Husk Doll (11 a.m.) – Make your own, take it home!

Watch the Windmill (2 p.m.) – Learn the history of the iconic North end windmill, and watch it turn!



What Grows? (11 a.m.) – Tour the farm’s gardens to see the types of vegetables that supported a traditional Outer Banks family.
Watch the Windmill (2 p.m.) – Learn the history of the iconic North end windmill, and watch it turn!



Sheep to Yarn (11 a.m.) – Learn how early islanders made sheep’s wool into clothing, with a hands-on spinning and carding lesson!

Folk Medicine (2 p.m.) – How did they handle headaches, scrapes and other ailments without today’s medicines? Learn what herbal remedies were used back then. Meet at the back porch of the Etheridge homeplace. Free with the cost of admission.


What’s a Hayman Sweet Potato? (11 a.m.) – Who’s Hayman and why are these sweet potatoes so special? Find out about Captain Hayman and the famous sweet potato historically grown on Roanoke Island.

Watch the Windmill (2:00 p.m.) – Learn the history of the iconic North end windmill, and watch it turn!

In addition to the regularly scheduled programs visitors can expect self-guided house tours, cooking demonstrations, and of course – plenty of farm animals to see. Younger guests will find a large offering of toys and games, including everything from hoop and stick, quoits, and tug of war.

Admission to the site is $8, and children 5 and under are admitted for free. Island Farm is open through November, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The farmstead is located at 1140 N US Highway 64, north of Manteo on Roanoke Island.

Island Farm is owned and operated by Outer Banks Conservationists, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1980 to protect important natural, cultural, and historic resources along North Carolina’s Outer Banks through education and conservation of a sense of place. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 252-473-6500.

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