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Postby bert911 » Thu May 05, 2005 2:31 pm


Plymouth's replica of the Roanoke River lighthouse is now open for tours!

http://www.roanokeriver.com/news_featur ... thouse.htm

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Postby Weasel58 » Thu May 05, 2005 2:47 pm


Back in March when I was in NC for Easter I stopped by and was lucky enough to be there when the docent went in for her morning check out of the building and she let me tour the light as she checked to make sure everything was ok. If you get a chance tour this one and then tour Roanoke Marshes. You can tell which one followed the blueprints the closest. :wink:
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Postby shirin » Thu May 05, 2005 3:36 pm


Great - yet another reason I need to go back for. Hopefully on my next trip to NC I'll get to take a tour. Thanks for the article.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu May 05, 2005 4:10 pm


Eric,

The Roanoke River Replica is an EXACT replica. The Roanoke Marshes is not because they made it handycap accessible.
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Postby Weasel58 » Thu May 05, 2005 7:43 pm


I know that but they could have used real wood floors instead of Pergo. I just felt that cheapened the whole building. Not to mention the lack of interior walls.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Fri May 06, 2005 4:51 pm


No replica can ever be truly authentic. Despite it's "character flaws", I find Roanoke Marshes to be quite charming and a very special place, along with it's location in the wonderful little town of Manteo. :D
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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri May 06, 2005 6:54 pm


Don't quote me on this, but I think there are eventual plans to build the rooms in the lower part of the building.
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Postby COTA » Sat May 07, 2005 8:02 am


Stephen,

What happened to the bell that used to be there? I've noticed it in previous photographs of yours, but it was not there when I went this past December. Does the new light replica have it?

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Postby Zachary » Sat May 07, 2005 12:32 pm


That's great! If only the Roanoke River (not the replica) light could have the same fate. Judging by the pictures on Stephen's site, they're both nice, it's just that the Roanoke Marshes light is basically a big room.
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Postby vacastle » Sat May 07, 2005 1:18 pm


it's just that the Roanoke Marshes light is basically a big room.


It's basically a big room...for a BIG reason. It was done that way to allow room for groups to get inside to do educational things.

It would be really nice if we could just celebrate these lights, and the fact that we have these replicas to visit and learn from, to touch and see. What about all those many, many lights that have ceased to exist, and in many cases are forgotten?

We HAVE these, thanks to groups who have been able to build them. Can we just enjoy their existence?

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Postby Zachary » Sat May 07, 2005 1:29 pm


That's why I figured it's like that, Replica's are nice, there's a replica of Halfmoon Shoal here in Texas.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun May 08, 2005 7:43 pm


Beth,

If you are speaking of the bell at the Roanoke River light in Edenton, yes, it is missing, but I don't know what happend to it. My guess it that it went with the porch when Isabel hit almost two years ago.
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Postby OBC, Inc. » Mon May 09, 2005 8:40 am


I have to agree with Eric about the floors. Since the Roanoke Marshes Light was a public project, there were 5 commissioners and a mayor that had to deal with an architect and a contractor that did not understand the concept sometimes. The floors went in and surprised a lot of people. So many things were done incorrectly and had to be torn out and redone that it is a miracle that it was even completed. It is hoped that wooden floors will evently be put in when money allows.

It was never the intention of the town to build an exact replica with public funds and they will be quick to tell you that it is an exterior reconstruction. The use of the space was always intented for public use therefore an open space for exhibits, meetings, gatherings, ect. was a must. The upstairs will hold much needed office and storage spaces for the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The museum leases the interior space and recently opened its first exhibit about Warren O'Neal. He was a native of Roanoke Island and a boat builder. With time I am sure that the maritime museum will increase their permanent exhibits and also add display cases with artifacts as well as items for sale to generate more funds.

You may go to the town website at www.townofmanteo.com and click on the link for public facilities and then click on the link for RMLH to read more about it. If you will look at the booklet that is available to download, the first page will explain the town's first vision for this project. Angel Khoury is a well known local writer that contributed the opening remarks.

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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon May 09, 2005 9:01 am


I'm just glad that both communities had the foresight to build them, even though some compromise did take place. Both are a credit to their respective areas as well as to the state of North Carolina!

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