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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Manteo, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Dare County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Dare County, NC (109) Currituck County, NC (42) Hyde County, NC (22) Tyrrell County, NC (5)  DareCounty(109) Dare County (109)  CurrituckCounty(42) Currituck County (42)  HydeCounty(22) Hyde County (22)  TyrrellCounty(5) Tyrrell County (5)
Manteo is the county seat for Dare County
Manteo is in Dare County
      Dare County (109)  
      Currituck County (42)  
      Hyde County (22)  
      Tyrrell County (5)  
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1 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — A Tribute to Roanoke Islands Native Inhabitants
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. Presented by North Carolina Society National . . . Map (db m206285) HM
2 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B-44 — Andrew Cartwright
Agent of the American Colonization Society in Liberia, founded the A. M. E. Zion Churches in Albemarle area. His first church, 1865, near here.Map (db m9462) HM
3 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — BB-4 — Battle of Roanoke Island
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
4 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Bondage Reported permanently removed
and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage Exodus 1:14
For the millions of immigrants to this land, America has not been so much a destination as a promise: a promise of equality, a promise of . . . Map (db m9670) HM
5 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Bowser Family Cemetery
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
6 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Burnside Expedition of 1862
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
7 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B 68 — Civil Air Patrol
Coastal Patrol Base, first in N.C., opened ½ mi. S.E., in 1942. Civilian pilots supported military and patrolled for German U-boats.Map (db m76772) HM
8 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — BBB-3 — Confederate Channel Obstructions
Wood pilings placed to stop Federal fleet in Croatan Sound, still visible at low tide. Remains are 2½ mi. W.Map (db m4875) HM
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9 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Dare County Veterans Memorial1989
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
10 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Deliverance Reported permanently removed
Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go.           Exodus 8:1 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
11 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — English Explorers' Earthwork — Fort Raleigh National Historic Site —
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
12 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B-1 — First English Colonies
Explored in 1584. Site of first English settlements in new world, 1585-1587. Birthplace of Virginia Dare, first child born of English parents in America.Map (db m11343) HM
13 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — First Light of FreedomThe Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island — National Underground Railroad - Network To Freedom —
[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
14 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — BBB-2 — Fort Bartow
Confederate earth fort mounting nine guns. Bombarded by Federal fleet February 7, 1862. Earthworks 2½ mi. W.Map (db m4874) HM
15 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B-64 — Fort Blanchard
Confederate earth fort mounting four guns. Smallest on Roanoke Island. Surrendered on Feb. 8, 1862. Earthworks are 300 yds. S.Map (db m4863) HM
16 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B-2 — Fort Huger
Principal Confederate fort on Roanoke Island. Mounted twelve guns. Surrendered Feb. 8, 1862. Earthworks are 100 yards south.Map (db m4862) HM
17 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B-71 — Freedmen's Colony
The first refugee slave community in N.C. Est. in 1863 by Union troops. It operated until 1867 on land nearby, extending S.Map (db m76771) HM
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18 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B 75 — Joachim Gans
Scientist; Jewish native of Prague. Led metallurgy experiments, 1585-86, at the first Roanoke colony near here. Part of Lane's English expedition.Map (db m190824) HM
19 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Manteo Weather Tower
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
20 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — BB-5 — Naval Battle of Roanoke Island
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
21 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — B-26 — R. A. Fessenden
Inventor. Pioneer in radio communication, conducted wireless experiments, 1901-02, from a station, 600 yds. S. W.Map (db m9513) HM
22 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Reconstructed Past — Fort Raleigh National Historic Site —
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
23 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Red Wolf Country
(panel 1) 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
24 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Roanoke Marshes LighthouseCelebrating Manteo's Centennial, 1899 - 1999
"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
25 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Spirit of Roanoke Island
Recreating History 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
26 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — The New Fort in Virginia / Virginia Dare
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
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27 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — The Promised Land Reported permanently removed
I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.           Deuteronomy 34:4 The Proclamation of Emancipation gave the military authority to enlist “Such persons of suitable condition…into . . . Map (db m9671) HM
28 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Thomas Hariot TrailA Strange New Land — Fort Raleigh National Historic Site —
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
29 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — To Virginia Dare
First born of the English in America near by this place. Born the eighteenth and baptized the Twentieth of August 1587 and then vanished with those colonistsMap (db m190959) HM
30 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — To Walter Raleigh's Colonists1584 - 1587
Whose friend and guide was the Indian Manteo christened and called Lord of Roanok and Pasamonguepeuk August 13, 1587 in reward of his faithful servicesMap (db m190960) HM
31 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — USLSS/USCG Station Pea Island Memorial1880 - 1947 — [Richard Etheridge, 1842 - 1900] —
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
32 North Carolina, Dare County, Manteo — Windmills on Roanoke Island
“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
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Jun. 1, 2023