Island Farm to host Homeschool Day this Wednesday – OBX Today

Students visiting with the Farm’s cow, Roxanna. (Submitted)

Spring is the right time to be at Island Farm! Join in for the Farm’s annual Homeschool Day, where families and students will have the opportunity to learn history together through a variety of hands-on activities that draw off of mid-19th century life on the Outer Banks.

Homeschool Day will take place on Wednesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Island Farm. Students will receive a $2 discount on the Farm’s entrance fee for the day. Admission to the site for all other visitors is $10, and those aged 0-3 years old may enter for free.

Mini sword making in the blacksmith shop. (Submitted)

This year’s theme, “Many Hands Make Light Work” will focus on everyday work required on a circa 1847 farm on Roanoke Island. Special activities will include candlemaking, hearth cooking, wagon rides, gardening, live blacksmithing (including the opportunity to make take-home mini swords), and more. Visitors will also learn and participate in the entire process of harvesting, drying, preparing and making yaupon tea, a popular drink on antebellum Roanoke Island made from America’s only native and naturally caffeinated plant. Samples will be available for visitors during the event.

A living history site, Island Farm is a tangible glimpse into coastal history, and the realities of life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800’s. For the 2024 season, Island Farm will be open until early December, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., where programming and activities will vary throughout the season. During April and May, the Farm will be open Tuesday – Saturday. The site is located at 1140 N US Highway 64, north of Manteo on Roanoke Island. To learn more, visit www.obcinc.org or call 252-473-6500.