Get creative with cotton crafting and learn to make your very own, mid-19th century rag doll on the back porch of the historicIsland Farm homeplace. Historic interpreters will guide all ages through historic doll-making; all created dolls are for visitors to keep. This program is included with the price of admission to Island Farm.
Corn Husk Chair Bottom weaving with David Russell - During the week of May 24th, traditional craftsman David Russell will demonstrate how to weave seat bottoms using cornhusks on the front porch of the Etheridge homestead. For centuries, country folk created simple chairs with seats woven with corn husks. Today, these charming chairs and people ... Read more
Dare County Arts Council and Island Farm are teaming up to provide a truly unique courtyard demonstration. On Thursday, May 26th from 11 am - 2 pm, David Russell will be demonstrating how to weave a chair seat bottom using corn husks, an almost lost craft that was practiced in the area for many generations. ... Read more
Farm Steward Gabe Maready will show visitors the ins and outs of composting. Basic information will be covered in addition to information specific to animal and plant compost. The cost of this event is included in the general admission fee, $10 per person over 3 years of age, with ages 3 and under free. This ... Read more
In the mid-1800s Roanoke Island children still had dolls and toys like we do today - they just looked a little different. Join us at the Farm, on the back porch of the historic homeplace, and our interpreters will teach you the process of making your very own corn husk doll for you to take ... Read more
Chores have never been so much fun! Meet us at the farm every Wednesday to witness the 19th century equivalent of a soak, rinse and spin cycle! Visitors can watch or assist with this day-long laundry process, while learning time-tested cleaning tips from a costumed interpreter. This program is included with general admission to Island ... Read more
Tour the Etheridge home, the oldest restored homes on Roanoke Island. Your guide will peel back the layers of history and also share more recent knowledge of the restoration efforts to open the farm to the public. How did this family of eight live under one roof and go about their daily lives? Included with ... Read more
A day dedicated to the 'tater! Gather at Island Farm on Wednesday, June 15 (anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) to be a part of all aspects of the harvest and cooking of a quintessential staple crop: the Irish potato! Visitors will join historic interpreters to dig Irish potatoes from the Farm's gardens, and ... Read more