Keeping Faith with the Past While Looking Toward the Future

Manteo Preservation Trust (MPT) in Manteo Outer Banks on Roanoke Island was formed 20 years ago as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) by a group of citizens who wanted to bring higher awareness to the public about Manteo’s historic, cultural and architectural heritage. Our town is rich with ties to boat building, fishing and generational families that have brought a cultural continuity that deserves to be preserved and protected. MPT’s mission is to take the lead in telling our town’s story so that, in partnership with citizens and elected officials, the history that’s held within our homes, businesses, parks and community buildings is around for years to come. 

Historic Town of Manteo Public Buildings

Within the Town of Manteo, there are 120 homes, commercial and public buildings that now have been identified as significant historic structures as well. Notable among them are the Dare County Courthouse that has been restored by the Dare County Arts Council as its home base and gallery. Recently, a replica of the belfry, which was a prominent architectural feature on the courthouse until it was severely damaged in a storm in 1933, was restored to its rooftop location. As you walk around town, you’ll also see bronze plaques on many island homes designating them as part of Manteo historic survey.

MPT’s slogan is Keeping Faith with the Past While Looking Toward the Future, and we invite you to join us in our mission. Through various levels of support from Friends along with an annual fundraising event, we’re able to maintain Manteo’s sense of place as a vibrant coastal town. 

Click here to become a Friend of Manteo Preservation Trust. Click here for information on our Holiday Tour of Homes fundraiser.