A lighthouse, a farmhouse.

Two historic sites, one mission.

Climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Experience Island Farm

Outer Banks Conservationists’ two historic sites, (the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Island Farm) are located in different places on the Outer Banks, about an hour apart from each other.
Outer Banks map with Currituck Beach Lighthouse map pin and Island Farm map pin

Events & Programs


Climb a Lighthouse, Visit a Farm – All Season Long!

Stories From Our Staff

Love in the Light-House Service: Letters from Lighthouse Keeper William Shinault Donated to Currituck Beach Lighthouse

By Jane Bailey and Meghan Agresto Acts of love – from sending a heartfelt letter, to preserving those letters for over a century  – have ripple effects. Our lighthouse was recently the recipient of some long-held love, thanks to a generous and preservation-minded donor.  In December 2023, the Outer Banks Conservationists (OBC) received a small … Read more

The In Between of Farm-to-Table: Seasonal Food Preservation on Roanoke Island

Reaping What Was Sewn (and “How To” Year-Round) Subsistence farming is an existence derived from the heart of the land, both beautiful and raw. To those who carried the practice, landowners who grew crops were as much a part of the land as it was theirs to manipulate and master. Farming was that of subsistence … Read more

Yes, Your Grandmothers’ Recipes! Sweet Potato Pie and More 

We at Island Farm wanted to highlight some less familiar recipes that highlight this sweet treat, with harvest just around the corner. Made fresh in our cookhouse, we’re sharing our recipe for sweet potato pie and sweet potato pudding from “What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking,” published in 1881. With few spices needed, the … Read more

Who is Outer Banks Conservationists?

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1980
Owner and manager of two historic sites
Over 80,000 visitors are educated each year
Small, experienced cohort of preservationists
25 acres in active conservation
Archivist of Outer Banks history

The story of the organization that wouldn’t quit.