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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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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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Good spot for history lovers

Low-key spot to visit, especially for history lovers. Small museum / displays and a nice area to walk around. Good for kids through adults.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Yangsan, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are on a massive road trip and we like to get our passport stamped (the national monument/site passports). We were in the middle of an ice storm coming in from Nags Head and we made it to Ft. Raleigh at 5:01 PM. Just past closed. We ran up to the door and caught the door locking. After pulling out... More 

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1 Thank joe r
Yangsan, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Low-key spot to visit, especially for history lovers. Small museum / displays and a nice area to walk around. Good for kids through adults.

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1 Thank Cassie831
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I thought the Park film was one of the best I had ever seen. And I visit a lot of National Parks and State Parks. Walk the trail through the woods to the Sound. Excellent and pretty.

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1 Thank Quintin T
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Start at the Visitor’s Center, the nicely done movie and artifacts, and the very knowledgeable Rangers. After a false start, the second colony attempt was in trouble, and sent their leader to England for help, which should have taken about four months. He was somehow surprised, when he finally returned over three years later that they were no longer there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Great for people who enjoy history. We homeschool and read all about Roanoke Island this year, coming is a great way to bring textbooks to life! My husband was not as enthusiastic but it is off season.

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Brickell, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

There was not much is see outdoors beyond the 16th century mounds. The museum was very educational and well worth the visit.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Do not just go into the Visitor Center but walk the trail through the woods to the water's edge - gives you a great feel for the type of terrain those colonists were living in. Film at the Center interesting from an historical perspective. The Elizabethan Room with its original English paneling obtained from the Hearst estate in California is... More 

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The place is lovely and serene. There is an outdoor theatre on the property that supposedly deals with the lost colony. We were here in the off season so were not able to take it in. I always feel that when you visit an historic site, and the ranger pushes the movie immediately as you enter, there isn't much to... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Very interesting woman ranger who made our experience even better by explaining the various areas on side to visit. The movie in the visitors center was very insightful and reminded us of history lessons long forgotten about the Lost Colony. We also visited the Elizabethan gardens along with the marker for the freed slaves and the area believed to be... More 

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1 Thank Donna B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

What a great historic site to visit. Full of great and interesting information regarding the Lost Colony and the history of the area. The ranger talk had some great information besides the Lost Colony regarding the area as well. A nice gift shop and the visitor center is also nice. There is a movie that lasts about 20 minutes that... More 

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