Roanoke River Maritime Museum
The Roanoke River Maritime Museum, just across the street from the Roanoke River Lighthouse, transports visitors into the lives of everyday people— fishermen, farmers, foresters, sailors, merchants, soldiers, papermakers and more via a wealth of photographs and artifacts.

Housed in a former automobile dealership across from the lighthouse, displays and artifacts fill the 5000 foot interior. Photographs arranged in unique displays provide an insight to the lifestyles of how the local population interacted with nature and the land. Exhibits include the maritime influence in neighboring communities like Jamesville, Roper and Creswell, as well.

Take an imaginary journey on the Mayflower as it travels local waters carrying passengers and goods until the fateful day it capsized. Study the locally built 1889 vernacular fishing boat which stands as a centerpiece to the main gallery. Used by three generations for over 100 years the vessel not only fished local waters, but was used to peddle produce and fish traveling to various towns along the Albemarle. 

Youngsters (or the young-at-heart) can enjoy pretending to navigate a boat. An aquarium features native fish. Displays share the story of East Carolina University students' underwater archeological explorations of sunken ships from exciting Civil War battles and ordinary, but exciting, travels through the river’s shortcuts. Exhibits on early boatbuilding help chronicle the evolution from paddle to sail to motor.

Visitors will even get to know a little about some of the colorful local characters.From transportation, fishing, hunting or just plain fun, the story is captured in the Roanoke River Maritime Museum.

The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society will also have displays on the seaside lights that have made the North Carolina lighthouses famous. The exhibits will serve as a gateway for visitors providing information and inspiration for their journey to the shore.

Experience an important link to the region's history and explore Downtown Plymouth’s quaint waterfront. A variety of shops and restaurants offer something for every member of the group!

Downtown Plymouth is just off Highway 64. Signs mark the exit and there is plenty of free parking for cars, buses and RVs convenient to attractions.

Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For other times, or for group or special tours, please make arrangements by calling (252) 217-2204.
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