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Roanoke RiverRoanoke River Light Station
Edenton, NC

Latitude:36.059 N
Longitude: -76.616 W

A very exciting project to preserve and restore the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941, began in 2007 when the Edenton Historical Commission purchased the historic structure from the family of Emmett Wiggins and moved it to Colonial Park at the Edenton waterfront.  In cooperation with the Town of Edenton and the State of North Carolina, the exterior restoration of the lighthouse was completed in 2010. The restoration of the interior furnished with period furniture was completed in 2014. For more information and history of this lighthouse, and to keep up-to-date on the progress, or to discover ways to help furnish the lighthouse, go to http://www.edentonlighthouse.org

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Roanoke River Light, Edenton, after restoration.

1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton is located in Colonial Park on the downtown Edenton waterfront. The lighthouse recently opened to the public seven days a week, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m..A small fee is charged by Historic Edenton State Historic Site: Admission is $3.50 for adults, $1.75 for youth 3-12, and free for children 2 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). The lighthouse will be open for guided tours seven days a week for the foreseeable future.  Visit their website: www.edentonlighthouse.org

In 2015 the creation of the Albemarle Riverlight Trail was completed. The first in the nation, the Riverlight Trail features the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton, the Roanoke River Lighthouse replica in Plymouth, Laurel Point Lighthouse Display in Columbia and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse replica in Manteo. The route offers an opportunity to experience an era when water travel propelled the Nation by providing a network of transportation. For more information visit: visitedenton.com/pdfs/albemarle-ligthouse-trail.pdf or call 1-800-775-0111.


Directions

From the south:

Take Interstate 95 North to Exit 138 (Rocky Mount) and turn right onto US 64 East. Follow US 64 to Exit 514 Williamston. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto US 17 North. After 1 mile, turn right at the traffic light, you will still be on US 17 North. Continue straight for 12 miles to Windsor. Follow the sign for US 17 and keep right as you enter Windsor, turn right at the light and go over the small bridge staying on 17. Follow us 17 to Edenton 15 miles. After crossing the Chowan River Bridge, take the first exit onto 17 business for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Broad St and you are in Downtown Edenton. Drive time from Rocky Mount is about an hour and a half.

From the west:

Take Interstate 40 East to Raleigh. Take Wade Ave Exit on the right and travel 3 miles to 440 N (inner beltline). Turn right onto 440 North heading towards Wake Forest/Rocky Mount. Take Exit 13B exit onto US 64 East to Rocky Mount (about 45 miles). After crossing over I95 in Rocky Mount, follow US 64 to Exit 514 Williamston. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto US 17 North. After 1 mile, turn right at the traffic light, you will still be on US 17 North. Continue straight for 12 miles to Windsor. Follow the sign for US 17 and keep right as you enter Windsor, turn right at the light and go over the small bridge staying on 17. Follow us 17 to Edenton 15 miles. After crossing the Chowan River Bridge, take the first exit onto 17 business for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Broad St and you are in Downtown Edenton. Drive time from Rocky Mount is about an hour and a half.

From the northeast:

Take Interstate 95 south towards Richmond. Merge onto I-295 S via exit number 84A -on the left- toward Rocky MT NC. Take exit 3A to US-460 East to Suffolk, VA. When you enter Suffolk, you will merge onto US-58 which will take you downtown. Keep going straight through downtown Suffolk and head south out of town, the road changes to hwy 32/13 South. Take a left just after the airport following 32 South to Edenton. Drive time from Richmond is about 2 hours.

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This page last updated: Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:48 AM