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Where is the history museum?

By: vintagecamper
7/8/2008 7:58 PM

We love history, and have some time before we have to leave today. We couldn't locate the museum in Manteo...could someone give us directions, please?

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By: roanokeis
7/8/2008 8:53 PM

[COLOR=blue][B]Good morning VC! Please note the times of your posting and mine were not correct. I posted about an hour after you did this morning. I hope you saw this and it helped.[/B][/COLOR] The Outer Banks History Center is located on Festival Park between the Park's administrative building and the gallery/ticket purchase area for park activities. Once you come into Manteo, heading north on 64/264 through town, turn right on Sir Walter Raleigh Street (this is an intersection with a traffic light, Pizza Hut, EC bank, Ace Hardware and RBC bank all have a corner here). Drive all the way down SWR which will end with Queen Elizabeth Avenue. The old Dare County courthouse will be on your left and Full Moon Cafe on your right. Take a left here and then you will take a right, going over the Cora Mae Basnight Memorial bridge. The first building you will see on your right is the adm. building. Parking is available on the left anywhere. They are open 9 - 5 M-F.

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By: roanokeis
7/8/2008 9:06 PM

Here is a link for the OBHC. The current exhibit in the gallery next to the HC is the Outer Banks Then and Now. It is a small exhibit and touches on a small section of history. The HC is a repository for books, manuscripts, photos, artwork and ephemera about Dare and Currituck Outer Banks. KaLei Spears is the curator. If you call ahead you could schedule an appointment to view the stacks, guided. The stacks are not open to the public, but they have been known to let a couple of folks in with an employee, if they have notice. A lot of Frank Stick's famous artwork is stored there. There are also a lot of vintage maps that are amazing. If you a particular area of interest, like the Roger Meekins photo collection and you would like to focus on Hatteras Island, call ahead and ask them to pull photos for you. There is also a large postcard collection too, among lots of other collections. 473-2655. [url]Click to follow link...[/url]

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By: vintagecamper
7/9/2008 10:38 PM

This is amazing. Even without calling ahead, they couldn't be more helpful or pleasant. This is something the area has needed for a long time. It will definately become a must-do on our vacation list.

Now, what sort of dissertation topic can I come up with to keep my archaeology/anthropology PhD candidate husband in the area as much as possible so I have more excuse to visit? ;)

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By: roanokeis
7/10/2008 12:37 AM

They are a great group to work with. Glad you found them very accommodating. Did you go in the stacks? The center opened in 1986 and has been here 22 years. It was the first building built on Ice Plant Island at the time. The island was renamed and is now know only as Festival Park. Of course some natives and locals will always call it IPI. Oh...how were the directions I gave? Were you able to use them and find it without any problem? Here is a dissertaton topic: The Freedman's Colony, the other lost colony of Roanoke Island. [URL]Click to follow link...[/URL]

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By: vintagecamper
7/10/2008 2:20 AM

I really am glad you contribute here, I will definately work on a pitch to dear husband for that one... oh and the camper is in the back of Pugh's if you get bored LOL
The directions were spot on. Thank you! (And we played the duckie game at the museum store, got 40% and got light up jelly fish for carshow/lightshows)

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