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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Address: Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-2111
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Ranked #9 of 12 Attractions in Manteo
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We stopped here before going to "The Lost Colony" drama. It was okay. My hubby and I are history buffs so we liked the little museum. My kids were bored. We were very disappointed that we couldn't see the mounds outside. Because of a recent hurricane, the area had been taped off. By the looks of it, it seems it... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Ever since I read about the lost Colony Of Roanoke I have wondered what happened to them! Visiting Roanoke was at the top of my list of things to see while we were at The Outer Banks. I will admit there is not much to see but just to stand where they stood was amazing to me. Someday I hope... More 

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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Once again, got there late. Grounds are well tended. Park service people well informed. I was most impressed with the information regarding the digs they have done in the area and to think that I was standing on or near where the original Roanoke Island settlement was in the 1500's! The exact site and the mystery of what happened to... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Lots of interesting information in the visitors center. It includes information and artifacts from several archaeological excavations. You can take a short walk and visit the restored earthen "fort". Not a destination place but a nest stop if you're in the area.

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Tennessee
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77 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We visited here in July after there had been a hurricane and the outside was closed which was very depressing. The inside was not much. They did have nice bathrooms. We drove over to the Lost Colony Entrance and we were able to see a lot of the Historic Site from here. We did not see enough damage to close... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Not much to see. Visitors center has interesting but most of the information is in the pamphlet. We didn't bring kids, but I'm not sure they'd get it.

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NC
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14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

While the museum here is small, there is an excellent video telling the story of the lost colony and a number of artifacts that have been found. The ranger on duty near the front door was very helpful and showed us on a map where archeologists are now excavating in their search for the Lost Colony. Outside is a replica... More 

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Lee, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Fort Raleigh has a nice visitor center with a good variety of film and display on the history of the lost colony. There is a resurrected earthwork fort around what appeared to be a chemist workshop. The trails have signs indicating what native species were of use to the colonists. Be patient and you can identify all the plants, trees... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I could have easily spent twice the amount of time that I did at this site. It's worth a visit just to view the grounds and enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch under the southern live oak trees. The historical exhibits detailing the first colonial settlements, specifically the "lost colony", are very interesting and informative. Discovering that Roanoke Island was also... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Evening Performance, explaining the Settlement, their trials and tribulations was amazing and came as a once-in-a-lifetime fun surprise for us. The Performance is suitable for ages 8 to 188. Be sure to have your children (or adults) read up on the story of the settlement prior to visiting. The Performance will bring the story to life.

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