About Us
The Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum at the west end of Water Street in Plymouth, NC, along with the Rail Switch Nature Trail at the east end, are projects of the Washington County Waterways Commission (WCWC).
The Washington County Waterways Commission is a registered non-profit 501-3(c) organization. All donations are tax deductible.

The mission of the Washington County Waterways Commission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the maritime history of Washington County and eastern North Carolina through education and tourism.
  • Doward Jones, Jr, Chairman
  • Harry Lewis Thompson, Vice Chairman & Treasurer
  • Brenda Conklin, Secretary
  • Russell Lee 
  • Darcie Tumey
  • Michael Wright
  • Jimmy Smith  

A North Carolina Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant provided major funding for the project. Additional funders are the Town of Plymouth, NC and the Washington County Travel and Tourism Authority. The properties are owned by the Town of Plymouth and are operated by the WCWC.

The organization is proud to have many supporting groups, partners and sponsors including:
The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, has designated the Roanoke River Light as the Gateway to the Outer Banks Lighthouses and is represented at Plymouth with its own exhibit about the famous lighthouses along North Carolina's coast. Visitors to Plymouth can discover little-known facts about the state's river light system and build anticipation for their trip to the Outer Banks' exciting lights.
Annual events

The Washington County Waterways Commission sponsors several popular events each year.
  • Cowboys on the Water, an evening of classic stories, fellowship and good food.
  • Antique, Classic and Wood Boat Show
  • Special gatherings and activities throughout the year.
The Roanoke River Lighthouse
is a member of the
Albemarle Riverlight Trail
Hours of Operation
Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday
11 AM - 3 PM
Sunday 2 - 4 PM
and by appointment
Call: 252-217-2204
Major Funding through
NCDOT Enhancement Grant