As you may or may not be aware, friends, I love me some history. What I really like is museums, but I have also been introduced to the wonders of living history and reenactments.
So let's talk about the Island Farm. Located on Roanoke Island, it is a living history site including an authentic farm house from the time! The time, of course, being around 1847.
In addition to the house, many outbuildings have been restored or rebuilt. There's a chicken coop, a kitchen, a smokehouse, slave quarters, and others I'm sure I'm forgetting. The interpreters appear to go about their daily mid-nineteenth-century lives, but they're happy to stop in the middle of what they're doing and talk to you. It's a wonder anything gets done.
Let's not forget the animals.
There is an ox, as you can clearly see, as well as a heifer. The ox pulls the wagon, ostensibly to give children rides, but adults are welcome, too. There are also horses and sheep, and plenty of chickens, who will eat right out of your hand.
You can linger as long as you like and learn whatever you want. Admission is six dollars, and you get to chase chickens and bleat at sheep. Also, you get to feel good about yourself for not spending all your time in Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills.
Visit the web site, and then go to Roanoke Island, North Carolina, to see it all for yourself!
Ponies and sweet potatoes,