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!
Plymouth is just off Highway 64. Signs mark the exit and there
is plenty of free parking for cars, buses and RVs convenient to
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
The Roanoke River Lighthouse
is a member of the
Albemarle Riverlight Trail
Hours of Operation
11 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
and by appointment