Roanoke Island Festival Park’s New Exhibit Celebrates Elizabeth II
On November 19, Roanoke Island Festival Park will debut its latest exhibit, All Hands on Deck: Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Elizabeth II.
This new exhibit will commemorate the first launch of the Elizabeth II and highlight the efforts of the volunteers and staff who have maintained the replica ship over the last 35 years.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of Elizabeth II and will be on display in the Ticket Sales Gallery at Festival Park in Manteo, Monday-Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm, showing through December 31.
All Hands on Deck is dedicated to the volunteers who support Roanoke Island Festival Park in the maintenance of the Elizabeth II.
“The Elizabeth II is one of North Carolina’s treasures. I am thankful to the volunteers and staff who work to maintain this wooden vessel. Their efforts allow generations of school children the opportunity to learn about American history in a fun and interactive way,” said Kim Sawyer, Executive Director at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
The exhibit will showcase the various parts of the ship and give visitors an up-close view of how she is maintained throughout the year.
The Elizabeth II is a representation of one of the seven English merchant vessels from the historic Roanoke Voyages of 1585, built to celebrate the rich history of North Carolina.
The ship resides at its homeport at Roanoke Island Festival Park, on the Manteo waterfront, and serves as a historic attraction celebrating the first English settlement in America.
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