Frequently Asked Questions About Island Farm

Island Farm is a living history site that tells the story of the everyday Outer Bankers who lived on Roanoke Island in the 1850s. Here, an island family experienced the impacts of the Civil War, performed harrowing rescues as members of the US Life-Saving Service, and assisted the Wright Brothers in their dream of achieving powered flight, all while feeding chickens, fishing the sounds, and growing corn for grinding at the windmill. 

You’ll find unique programs every daylive demonstrations including blacksmithingtraditional agriculture, food preparation, hearth cooking, weaving, and spinning wool, feeding the animals, and so much more! Check out our Island Farm events page for more information.

It costs $10 to visit Island Farm for ages 4 and up. Children ages 3 and under can enter for free. Tickets are available for purchase at the Farm. Online sales are not available at this time.

You can also purchase a season pass for both of our locations here!

Opening day for Island Farm for the 2024 Season is Saturday, March 23rd. See our planning your visit page for more information.

We do! The Etheridge Homeplace was officially donated to Outer Banks Conservationists by descendants in 1977.

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Jason WalkerJason Walker
20:00 05 Jul 24
Great experience. Very informative
Jason WalkerJason Walker
20:00 05 Jul 24
Great experience. Very informative
Sandy PriceSandy Price
19:16 05 Jul 24
Great historic location with living museum elements. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Sandy PriceSandy Price
19:16 05 Jul 24
Great historic location with living museum elements. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Ruth Ann CopleyRuth Ann Copley
04:59 14 Apr 24
One of the most enjoyable recent historic house visits that we've experienced thanks to all the interpreters who were so cordial and informative as they went about their farm tasks. We loved the collards we sampled and came away with freshly made corn shuck dolls.
Katherine RobinsonKatherine Robinson
06:00 09 Apr 24
We enjoyed our visit. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Kids enjoyed historic games, dressing up and seeing animals.
ShanleyShanley
03:28 11 Dec 23
My husband and I came here for their pumpkin patch day. We had a great time exploring the farm, seeing the animals, and participating in cool activities like making mini swords out of nails at the black smith and wax candles at the fire pit. The activities did not cost extra which was awesome. They treat the property like an interactive museum where you can touch, open, and explore everything. We learned a lot about the Ethridges and received a great tour of the farm house showing us details and the meaning behind them that we otherwise may have overlooked.
Schlotts SeafoodSchlotts Seafood
17:52 08 Dec 23
Amazing authentic buildings. Reinactors were spot on with costum and knowledge.
judi novakjudi novak
19:52 11 Nov 23
Amazing farm. Excellent staff, so very knowledgeable and friendly. Great programs, I will go back again!
Ocean PayneOcean Payne
00:37 28 Oct 23
Everyone was so sweet! Very knowledgeable!
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