The Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located on the far north end of Roanoke Island just past the Fort Raleigh National Park. Opened in 2010, the building features great information about all the local and area wildlife refuges. These include Pea Island, Alligator River, Mattamuskeet, Cedar Island, Currituck and Edenton. You will find a number of interactive diorama displays of area wildlife including the red wolf, black bear, whitetail deer, and more. There is an interesting film available in a small viewing area about the abandoned logging community of Buffalo City.
Buffalo City was formed in Dare County in the late 1800’s. The community was dedicated to milling lumber for boats and roofing materials. Later, during Prohibition, the community became famous for its production of moonshine. The end of prohibition and the onset of WWII ended this phase of the community and the town became abandoned. The short film was produced by local historian Ken Mann and provides insight to the history of the area. The twenty minutes it takes to view is well worth it.
There are several hiking trails and a butterfly garden to explore on site as well as a nice gift shop. This small museum is worth the visit and the admission is free. Volunteers on site are knowledgeable and helpful regarding the regions’ wildlife refuge areas and area events.