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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 #8 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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Concord, New Hampshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As a history buff, I was excited to see this location but was let-down by how little of historic interest there is to actually see. There's a well done, but small, exhibit in the main building, and a very small reconstruction of an earth-works fort, but not much else. Also in the main building we listened to a ranger give... More

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crepy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The site has multiple site within. Long walk in the woods, by the theater, along the water... Solething to do with young kids and teens, they loved recall the american history and played alot.. They loved it. Was relaxing too for us, parents.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Unfortunately, the NPS has limited resources and a great deal of the parks/historic sites show it. The museum was small but interactive and was well displayed. Unfortunately, the building itself and grounds need a facelift.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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