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The Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum at the west end of Water Street in Plymouth, NC, along with the Rail Switch Nature Trail at the east end, are projects of the Washington County Waterways Commission (WCWC).

The Washington County Waterways Commission is a registered non-profit 501-3(c) organization. All donations are tax deductible.

The mission of the Washington County Waterways Commission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the maritime history of Washington County and eastern North Carolina through education and tourism.

Board Members

Doward Jones, Jr   Chairman
Harry Lewis Thompson   Vice Chairman & Treasurer
Brenda Conklin   Secretary
Russell Lee    
Darcie Tumey    
Michael Wright    
Jimmy Smith    

A North Carolina Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant provided major funding for the project. Additional funders are the Town of Plymouth, NC and the Washington County Travel and Tourism Authority. The properties are owned by the Town of Plymouth and are operated by the WCWC. 

The organization is proud to have many supporting groups, partners and sponsors including:

The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, has designated the Roanoke River Light as the Gateway to the Outer Banks Lighthouses and is represented at Plymouth with its own exhibit about the famous lighthouses along North Carolina's coast. Visitors to Plymouth can discover little-known facts about the state's river light system and build anticipation for their trip to the Outer Banks' exciting lights.

Annual events
The Washington County Waterways Commission sponsors several popular events each year.

  • Cowboys on the Water, an evening of classic stories, fellowship and good food.
  • Antique, Classic and Wood Boat Show
  • Special gatherings and activities throughout the year.
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Plymouth is located in northeastern North Carolina. Approximately 80 miles from the coast.

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Hours of Operation
11 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday thru Saturday
and by appointment

Call: 252-217-2204


Major Funding through
NCDOT Enhancement Grant


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Roanoke River Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
West Water Street, Downtown Plymouth, NC
Phone: 252-217-2204    Email: info@roanoakeriverlighthouse.org
Hours: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday, and by appointment

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