Museum of the Albemarle
From the Roanoke Colony and Blackbeard to the Wright Brothers and German U-Boats, the inner and outer banks of the Albemarle region -- named for George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle and a Lord Proprietor of Carolina -- are rich in history. MOA is a state-operated museum that collects and interprets the history of is thirteen-county service area in northeastern North Carolina. It is a constituent institution of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. A large permanent exhibit interprets the history of the region while several rotating galleries feature exhibits of local, state, and national interest.
Backstory and Context
Visitors can also view the home of colonial settlers Daniel and Elizabeth Jackson, Jr. The home was built in 1755 and located next to a smokehouse that was built prior to the Civil War. These two homes appear much as they would have years ago thanks to the efforts of Russell Steele, an award-wining restoration carpenter who used historic tools and methods to repair and restore the structures. Together with artifacts from the time period and interpretive signs and exhibits, these historic structures show what life was like for early settlers.