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Roanoke Island Festival Park

Sixteenth Century Settlement

Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive family attraction that celebrates the first English settlement in America. Visitors board and explore the park's centerpiece, a representational ship, Elizabeth II. Climb aboard and help costumed 16th-century sailors. Try traditional woodworking, play Elizabethan games, and watch the blacksmith at the Settlement Site. Discover 400 years of Outer Banks history in the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. See The Legend of Two-Path, a mini-movie about Native Americans. Experience the new American Indian Town exhibit that includes a wide variety of true-to-scale structures, role-play environments, and places to explore, plant, dance, build, and play. The gift store offers historically themed gift merchandise and much more. Enjoy the onsite Art Gallery, the Fossil Pit full of treasures, and the marsh-side Boardwalks that surround the site. Admission. (252) 475-1500 or

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Oriental's History Museum

Upcoming Exhibits

Forgotten Landscapes

   Local photographers exhibit photos of their favorite countryside

   landmarks, buildings and familiar sites.

   February through May, 2017

 Hours:  Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday: 1-4

802 Broad Street

(across from County Compass)

Admission is Free
Handicapped Accessible
Tour Groups by Appointment

Oriental's History Museum
PO Box 103


NC Spotlight:

Clarence Lockhart Partee (born Concord, North Carolina January 20, 1864, died Manhattan, New York April 17, 1915) was an American composer and arranger and music publisher.[2][3][4] He was also founder, editor and publisher of The Cadenza magazine, and devoted his life to teaching and advancing the banjo, mandolin and guitar, arranging more than 150 works for these three instruments.[2][3] He was a charter member of the American Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists & Guitarists, now two separate organizations, the American Guild of Music and the Fretted Instrument Guild of America .[5][6]

Partee took up the banjo as a profession after his parents died before he was 14, and he moved to Chicago to pursue that goal.[2] In 1881 he began an office manager for the J. B. Schall banjo company, giving banjo lessons and meeting prominent banjo players of the time, including E. M. Hall.[2][7] He also began studying the guitar and the mandolin.[2]

He became a soloist performer, traveling the country and teaching the banjo, guitar and mandolin.[2] He also composed music and became a music publisher.[2] Places he traveled included Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Omaha and Kansas City.[2]

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


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