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Address: Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-2111
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island...
Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
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Piece of history

I had no idea what to expect and I was very impressed. For a small visitor center they packed a lot of info in. The wall around the grounds and quite and lovely. It was very hot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I travel to visit history and the history at this site is impressive. The park rangers are knowledgeable and tell a great story of what may have happened to the lost colony.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I had no idea what to expect and I was very impressed. For a small visitor center they packed a lot of info in. The wall around the grounds and quite and lovely. It was very hot so we enjoyed the shade. Reading the info was very helpful and enlightening. Brought back memories of history class.

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Etters, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

To get the real history and updated information on the Lost Colony, visit here. It will not take long but there is a variety of ways to learn from ranger talks to movies to cartoon animations. Take a walk on the nature trail and you will come upon a small beach area. You will really feel as if you are... More 

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Essex, UK
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85 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A very interesting site. I'd have liked to have been able to have attended a tour/talk, especially on the lost colony. But the museum is great and answered all of my questions. Very friendly staff. Worth a look of passing through, as I was.

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very interesting overview of early attempts at establishing an English colony in America. There is a short (17 Minute) film that is a really excellent summary of the history. The site itself has little there - a reconstruction of some embankments. Museum is small but worth the time to see the exhibits. Great for teens who are studying American history.... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Stop there so you can say you stood on the site of the first payment settlement of the new world. Take a picnic and enjoy the well kept grounds. Staff are informative and professional. It's okay but the colony disappeared as did most artifacts. Don't expect to much.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Not a lot to see but it is rich history , which I love. Beautiful grounds, small gift store and inside displays. Glad I went.

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Annapolis, MD
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We stopped in here so that our kids could learn something about Manteo and it's place in history. They got a nice brief lesson of the settlement and were able to use this information as part of a summer project. The fort is interesting, but they did not really explain the strategy of the construction well. They also did not... More 

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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Highly recommend the visit. The kids were a little bored at the beginning but seemed to be ok once the park ranger began to tell the shot of the unique history of the island.

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Xenia, Ohio
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My husband and I visited with 2 or our adult children (ages 28 and 21). We enjoyed the short video about the Mystery of the Lost Colony and read the possible solutions to the mystery in the museum-ish part of the center. We walked the trail to the beach and had a great view of the Sound while we discussed... More 

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