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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-2111
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Ranked #9 of 12 Attractions in Manteo
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites, Gardens, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
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English first
Plymouth, Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It seemed like they were still excavating the site. Everything was closed when we got there so we weren't able to see any exhibits just the torn up ground.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

After seeing the Lost Colony play, my daughter and I went back to the National Park the next day to learn and see more. Surprisingly, it wasn't just about the first settlers, but also about the Civil War and radio invention. While the original fort site is nothing but mounds of dirt now, the museum and the ranger's talk were... More

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Roswell, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I am a travel writer who covers National Parks (npplan.com) and I was at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on May 31, 2014. Located on Roanoke Island, part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site marks the spot of the first English colony in North America, though it was not successful. Three voyages... More

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Minnesota
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143 reviews 143 reviews
67 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A very cool fort and National park. You will enjoy visiting and touring. It is clean and well taken care off. It has facilities and picnic areas.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It isn't a very large site but it's nice for a walk and to explore and learn its history. We saw some tiny stray kittens roaming the site that we were going to try and rescue but we couldn't get them as they were feral.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. The museum is first class. A must go when visiting the outer banks! I thought it was wonderful!

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Reidsville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The site includes not only the Lost colony, but the Freedman's colony from the Civil War area, recent discoveries from area digs. Knowledgeable staff and a very good short movie about the Lost Colony. It's only a short walk to the Waterside Theatre and the Elizabethan Gardens.

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southwest Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Somewhere along the line I missed the chapter of history about the Roanoke settlement. The Fort Raleigh Visitor's Center was a great place to learn about the first attempt by the English to settle in the New World. The history about how England and Spain were competing for land in the New World and how this led to Sir Walter... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were very excited about visiting here. I wish they had done more recreation on the grounds. The info inside the museum was good, but still wanted more. So glad we went and a good stop for history buffs.

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Forest Grove, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed the museum and the grounds. Just make sure you bring bug spray. You will probably need it.

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