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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, NC 27954
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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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Forest Grove, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Roanoke, Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stopped here because we wanted to visit the Elizabethan Gardens (which we walked to from here). It was a nice stroll outside in the trees. The earthen fort was interesting. Nice water views down at the outdoor auditorium. Not lots going on here. I wouldn't make a special trip to see this unless you're at the Elizabethan Gardens.

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Hilliard, Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Lots more here than just the rebuilt dirt fort. Lots of interesting exhibits including walls and ceilings from a huge estate in England from that time period. Absolutely beautiful! Guides/rangers were very knowledgeable and interesting. There are several walks that are worth taking. Beautiful scenery. Warning though - the signs/markers on the trails are written in the language and print... More

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Williamsburg, VA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Very small facility with little left of the original structures. We enjoyed just walking around with a short stroll on the beach.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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137 reviews 137 reviews
49 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

After a day in downtown Manteo, my husband and I wanted to cool off in the shade, so we went on over to Fort Raleigh. We spent a bit of time outside on the trails that lead down to the water and through the trees and saw the fort. We also took a stop inside the visitor's center. It wasn't... More

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Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A must see if you like history. Interesting artifacts, movie, and exhibits in the museum. I appreciated the fact that the actual fort site had not been reconstructed and was surprised that it was relatively small. I was awed by the fact that I was standing on the site where the Lost Colonist had lived nearly half a millennium ago.... More

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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237 reviews 237 reviews
80 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Having driven up and down the OBX from top to bottom the impression is largely of wide open sky and lots of sand. When we came for a look around Roanoke Island we were taken completely by surprise by verdant scenery, abundance of shade etc. Whereas Nags Head and the like have a feeling of relative newness and fragility because... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Was very interesting and the volunteer couple at the desk were entertaining and quite informative about the history in and around the park. Gail & Jack are certainly an asset to visitors who know little about the story of the Lost Colony. Only wish there had been more to see in the fort/colony area.

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milford, CT
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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Allow about an hour to visit. The information on the local Indians and the colonists experience was interesting, as was the park ranger talk.

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Durham, North Carolina
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318 reviews 318 reviews
186 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

It was a cool day so we had a nice walk on the trails all the way to the Elizabethan Gardens (be sure to check those out too). As for the actual fort, I'm not a fan of earthen forts. There really isn't much to see. But if you keep walking you will come to where they put on The... More

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