Open House for New Exhibits at Fort Raleigh NHS
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble will be hosting an open house at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Lindsay Warren Visitor Center on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to showcase the facility's new exhibits.These exhibits replace displays installed when the visitor center was constructed in 1965.
The new exhibits cover a wide-range of park stories, including the Carolina Algonquian, the Roanoke Voyages and the Lost Colony, the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island, the Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, and Reginald Fessenden's wireless radio achievement on Roanoke Island.Many park artifacts are highlighted--some displayed for the first time in a National Park Service exhibit.The new exhibits will feature multiple interactive audio-visual stations to help engage the visitor further with various park stories.
This is the second phase of upgrade to the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center.A rehabilitation project of the facility was completed in 2011."We are excited to be able to provide such great improvements to the visitor experience at the park," stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble."These are engaging stories of people who came to this island with great hopes and dreams.Some of these dreams came true. Others were lost. These exhibits will help visitors explore these stories—to find what is known and what is yet to be discovered."
The prime contractor and fabricator for the exhibit project is Mystic Scenic Studios in Norwood, MA.Northern Lights Productions in Boston, MA is completing the audiovisual work. Local area subcontractors included Pamlico Painting & Cleaning Co. andPrecise Electrical Service.
Did You Know?
Roanoke Island was meant to be a brief stop for the 1587 Colonists, but was never planned to be their new home. Their final destination was meant to be the Chesapeake Bay, two days sail further north.