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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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Tennessee
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164 reviews 164 reviews
73 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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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28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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Webster, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Include this in your itinerary! Visitors center has great display of information about the "lost colony" and he island. Movie was an excellent introduction. We got tons of interesting information but were not overwhelmed with too much reading. Kids did the Junior Ranger badge and that kept them engaged. We all learned a lot. Awesome site and all free!

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Gahanna, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The museum at Fort Raleigh was nicely done and provided history of the area. A video also presented information about the Lost Colony which we found interesting. There wasn't much to the earthworks and a informational placard might help visitors understand it better. We went when it was off-season so there wasn't much activity. We would like to have listened... More

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North Carolina, United States
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There isn't much to work with here, but the museum does a great job of providing history of the area. This is right around the Lost Colony theater.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I had visited Fort Raleigh in 1987 and found it to be fascinating. But it was so much better this time. There was a video and a terrific 35-minute talk on the history of the area by the park ranger. It's not just about the Lost Colony. But the fort also was important in the Civil War, and the man... More

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