United States Manteo and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

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The beautiful boardwalk along the historic waterfront area of Manteo is an ideal location to begin exploring this crowded little town. Follow the boardwalk through the reeds and marshes to reach the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

The current Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse it not the original structure. It is a replica of the lighthouse constructed in 1877 at the southern entrance of the Croatan Sound in Wanchese. The lighthouse was destroyed when it was moved, then rebuilt from the original plans at Manteo. Continuing on along the boardwalk is a gazebo with one of several views of the replica of Queen Elizabeth II, the sailing ship that brought the Roanoke colonists from England to the New World. The boardwalk then passes by the tables and chairs of a couple of outdoor restaurants and the marina before crossing the bridge over to the Roanoke Island Festival Park where the replica vessel is docked. Take time for a walk through town to savior the slightly Old World flavor of the architecture and narrow streets. While in the area, wander through the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum to learn more about the history of the lighthouse and as well as the story of the evolution of small motor boats. Displays of different styles of boats and why they were used and one or more boat building projects may be viewed. If you are lucky, someone may be actually working on a boat while you are there.

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