This marker is placed in grateful recognition of the gifts of food, friendship, and assistance with which the native inhabitants greeted the first Europeans to Roanoke Island in 1584.
North Carolina Society
National . . . — — Map (db m206285) HM
At 3 P.M. February 7, 1862, Union forces under Gen. Ambrose Burnside landed at Ashby Harbor (A). By midnight 7,500 Federals were ashore. A Confederate force of 400 men and 3 field-pieces was sent to resist the Federal landing. The Confederates were . . . — — Map (db m11386) HM
This marker recognizes the final resting place of Spencer Bowser, the patriarch of a prominent African American family in North Carolina. Also buried here are several other members of the Bowser family, including J.P. Bowser, Lloyd B. Bowser, Q.B. . . . — — Map (db m57026) HM
Much of coastal North Carolina fell to Union forces in 1862. For the duration of the Civil War Northern troops kept a sizable presence in the area. The peculiar geography of the Outer Banks and the sounds region, a damper to antebellum trade, proved . . . — — Map (db m56925) HM
In honor of all who served
World War I
1917 – 1918
Dennis S. Twiford
World War II
1941 – 1945
Thomas C. Fearing
M. Blackwell Creef
Lawson H. Barnett
Charles F. Midgett, Jr.
Norman W. Payne
James D. . . . — — Map (db m79797) WM
Thus saith the Lord,
Let my people go.
The bloodbath called the Civil War had begun and would cost the lives of over 600,000 Americans. As the Union armies advanced south, refugee slaves followed. After the . . . — — Map (db m9669) HM
European expeditions in the late 1500s commonly constructed small defensive structures. Soldiers built these earthworks by digging ditches and the forming walls from the removed soil. Ralph Lane, a fortifications export, led the 1585 English . . . — — Map (db m190821) HM
[obverse:]First Light of Freedom Former slaves give thanks by the creek’s edge
at the sight of the island - “If you can cross the creek to Roanoke Island, you will find ‘safe haven’.” [rendering of Edwin Forbes' "The . . . — — Map (db m46990) HM
The US Weather Bureau once used Coastal Warning Display towers such as this one to fly signal ﬂags to warn mariners of wind shifts or approaching storms.
On November 10, 1904, the Weather Bureau established the Manteo Weather Station . . . — — Map (db m79795) HM
During late January, 1862, a Federal land-sea expedition assembled at Hatteras Inlet to take Roanoke Island and capture control of the North Carolina Sound region. This force was under the joint command of General Ambrose Burnside and navy . . . — — Map (db m4828) HM
Archeological evidence indicates this was the site of an English earthwork from Sir Walter Raleigh's 1585 expedition.
Centuries of erosion had reduced the earthwork to a gentle dip and ridge in the forest floor. In 1947 and 1948, archeologists . . . — — Map (db m190822) HM
Welcome to Red Wolf Country
Northeastern North Carolina is Famous for the Outer Banks with its beautiful beaches, but the region has plenty of other natural attractions. Just a short drive inland, you’ll find many more . . . — — Map (db m57095) HM
"In the years to come, as islanders mingle with visitors along the Manteo waterfront, let us remember that on this spot, where so many vessels have been built and launched, dreams still light the way. For how else can you explain how a lighthouse . . . — — Map (db m47013) HM
The Spirit of Roanoke Island, completed in 2000 by volunteers of the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island, is a fine example of the shad boat. A traditional work boat built of juniper (Atlantic white . . . — — Map (db m47026) HM
On this site, in July – August, 1585 (O.S.), colonists, sent out from England by Sir Walter Raleigh, built a fort, called by them
“The New Fort in Virginia”
These colonists were the first settlers of the English race in . . . — — Map (db m9460) HM
I have caused thee to see it
with thine eyes,
but thou shalt not go over thither.
The Proclamation of Emancipation gave the military authority to enlist “Such persons of suitable condition…into . . . — — Map (db m9671) HM
In the late 1500s, Roanoke Island and London had very little in common. Imagine what it was like for Thomas Hariot when he first set foot on this strange new land.
New people, new plants, new animals—everything was truly "new". Is this land new . . . — — Map (db m190823) HM
Located south of Oregon Inlet, Lifesaving Station Pea Island was the only unit in the history of the Coast Guard manned by all Black crews. This marker is dedicated to the crews of Pea Island who risked their lives and endured so that others might . . . — — Map (db m48610) HM
“Everything on the Banks seems to be devoid of paint – dwellings, barns and windmills, of which there are a greater number than I supposed were in existence in the whole country.”
Charles Johnson, Hawkins Zouaves, 1862
Roanoke Island, and . . . — — Map (db m190958) HM