EDENTON, NC August 5, 2014 – History buffs and others will be rewarded after years of waiting for the restoration and public opening of the Roanoke River Lighthouse. The circa 1886 building will formally open on Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., but a special sneak peek will be offered Aug. 7 for a National Lighthouse Day Celebration. Admission is free on both days.
On Thursday, Aug. 7, staff of the Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be at Colonial Park in front of the lighthouse 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss the building and the restoration project. Tours from 2 p.m. to 4 p. m. will offer a look at the building interior before the finishing touches are done.
“We are so thrilled to open to the public the Roanoke River Lighthouse, says N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. ” It has been called the last and grandest of the screw-pile design light stations. We are grateful that this simply elegant structure can again be a landmark for our historic waterfront here in Edenton.”
Everything will be in place for the Aug. 15 big reveal as Historic Edenton staff and curators with the Division of State Historic Sites will present the completed project. A 10 a.m. grand opening ceremony will take place at the Roanoke River Lighthouse in Colonial Park, where access is allowed by the Town of Edenton. Following the ribbon cutting visitors can tour the lighthouse for free until 5 p.m.
Community advocates began working toward the building restoration in the 1990s, and the state of North Carolina became involved in 2005. Since that time work has been underway to set up the Roanoke River Lighthouse with period furnishings that represent the life and work of a late 19th century lighthouse keeper. The Edenton Historical Commission and donors worked for years to collect accurate furnishings and artifacts for the building.
Historic Edenton State Historic Site will open the building for tours daily beginning Aug. 16. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be $3 for adults, $1.50 for youth, and ages 12 and under are free.
For more information, please contact Site Manager Karen Ipock at (252) 482-2637. Historic Edenton is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources