Historic Roanoke River Lighthouse Re-Opens in August

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.

Historic Roanoke River Lighthouse

Historic Roanoke River Lighthouse


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 

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.