RVery Best Nest

Come join Joe, Mallery & I, as we travel around the USA in our RVery Best Nest. God's Favor has been chasing us down, and we are enjoying all of His blessing's, that He has created for all to enjoy!





Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Festival Park Living History, Roanoke Island, NC. 5/29/2011

Our day trip on this day was to Roanoke Island. 

Roanoke Island is just west of  Nags Head, Outer Banks. We took a bridge to get there.

Joe chose to go to Festival Park on Roanoke Island.

It cost $8 per adult. It was Sunday, and they told us, on Sunday it is half price, so we paid $4 each instead. We were blessed!

The parking lot was very bare. We could see why Sundays were half price.

I just had to stop and take some pictures of the beautiful Hydrangea's that were planted in the park. 

I had a few Hydrangea bushes in our old yard, but they didn't do well, because they were in our side yard, which consisted of clay. Terrible soil to grow anything.

Festival Park is a history class of Roanoke Island. We first watch a movie of the American Indians, the Algonquian, that were in this area. The park is set as the Indian culture was, in 15 85

This would be the Tribal chief's home.

The female Indians would work in these shelters weaving baskets, or making rope, or other household duties.

They had a dance circle of carved tree poles, for dance and celebrations.


A small home was open, so you could see the fame work of their homes.

In 1585, a voyage to Roanoke Island, with English settlers came on a ship similar to the Elizabeth II Sailing Ship.

You can board the ship and talk to a 16 century sailor.

The ship took 110 days from England to Roanoke Island,NC.

All settlers lived below the main deck for those 110 days. 

A look out one of the windows in the lower deck. There would be up to 50 people eating and sleeping on the lower deck.

The Indians made their canoes by dropping a tree, then starting it on fire to soften the wood. 

Then they would use shells to dig out the charred wood. The process would be done over and over again, until the canoe was dug out. What a lot of work. You or your kids can use the shell, and dig out part of the canoe. You will agree with me, " it is hard work"!

A path takes you to the settlement village in the new world of the settlers.

A blacksmith was in his shop. He was making nails for all the new home that were going to be built for the settlers.

After a little work, he made me a nail.

My nail from the blacksmith. ( Sorry the picture is blurred, but you get the idea).

The new world camp.

A tent for someone of upper class.


There was a carpenter that had many tools. He would show you how they worked, and then he let you try your hand at his skills. Joe is trying to make a wood dowel on a lathe. Might I add, we got a lot of one on one attention because there were so few people in the park on Sunday!

They had some pretty bushes around, so I couldn't resist  just two photo's of them.


These Indians planted corn, beans, and squash together, on a small hill. The corn would come up. Then the beans would come up and climb on the corn stock. The squash would grow around the corn and beans to smother the weeds out. You can learn things from long ago cultures!

And if you find yourself on a deserted island , you can use a stick with a shell tied to it as your hoe.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bodie Island Lighthouse 5/28/2011 Part 4

Our last stop for the day was at the Bodie Island Lighthouse. This is the third lighthouse we have seen on the Outer Banks. There are four lighthouses on the Outer Banks. There is also one just south of the Outer Banks called Cape Lookout. We didn't know anything about that one, until the day before we were leaving for the OBX. I guess we will catch it on another visit



The Bodie Island Lighthouse was first lit in 1872 and is 156 ft. tall.

Visiting hours that were posted on the door.

After visiting the lighthouse, we walked on a boardwalk off to the side.

It leads you to the marsh area along the sound side.

It takes you to a gazebo above the water.

A great place for birder's, but I think most have migrated farther north by now..

The lighthouse light can be seen for 19 miles.

This lighthouse is not currently in operation or open to the public to climb up.

The Visitor Center staff said it should be back in operation in a couple of years.

Jennette's Pier Nags Head, OBX 5/28/2011 Part 3

After our sand dune climb, we headed for Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.


The most people we have seen on a Outer Banks Beach since we got here. But it is Memorial Day weekend.

This pier is the first fishing pier to open on the Outer Banks.

It was constructed in 1939.

In 1960 Hurricane Donna unearthed an old ship and destroyed the pier.


After Hurricane Donna, the pier was repaired, but in 1962 the Ash Wednesday storm destroyed the pier once again.

Then again the pier was destroyed  in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel by taking out 540 feet of the pier. In 2008 the pier was demolished and was rebuilt and finished in 2011.

We watched the surfers from the side of the pier.

This guy on the skimboard is pretty good also.

Most of the homes along the OBX coastline are on stilts and are rentals.

Here is a map of the OBX and show where the Jennette's pier is located. Our campground, Oregon Inlet is just south of the pier.

Here are the rates to get on or fish on the pier. We didn't go on the pier, because we had one more stop, and we have been on many piers.

I took a picture of the pier from a window inside the store.