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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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Fascinating mystery and a gorgeous walk in the woods

I still remember my 4th grade history project on Virginia Dare (we won't get into how long ago that was...). Was fun to revisit the mystery that is the lost colony...great history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I still remember my 4th grade history project on Virginia Dare (we won't get into how long ago that was...). Was fun to revisit the mystery that is the lost colony...great history and insights and the nature trails are gorgeous.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit here. If you are interested in the history of the area, then this is a Must See stop. Free & operated by the National Park Service, the exhibits & movie are well done & quite informative. The grounds are lovely & well kept. Since we visited on May 8, the living history play wasn't available,... More 

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Philadephia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
66 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This Park is FREE and worth your time for those interested in the first English attempts at colonization here and for what occured in this area during The War Between the States. The museum displays are static, but the rangers give talks and there is a 17 minute video which takes in the English Colonization. There are nicely maintained trails,... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The exhibits in the visitors center are really informative and delve deep into the history of the fort. A 20 minutes video gives a good explanation. Depending on your level of interest, it doesn't take too long to explore this area.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I think many miss or overlook this, thinking of it only as a "fort" or maybe a Civil War site. While it is both of those, it is primarily focused on the first English attempt at living in North America, the so-called Lost Colony. Very good 17 min video, good archeological exhibits, nice display and short film about what could... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The gardens are beautiful and perfect for photos. Walking the gounds where the settlers and indians met is interesting. See the Lost Colony, a summer outdoor drama with music and dancers . It is the orignal script. The costumes of Sir Walter and Queen Elizabeth are elegant.

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The video is very informative and provides a good background. We walked around the area; saw the theatre where the Lost Colony play is performed; it's a nice site and I'm sure it would be great to see. I found the Lost Colony story intriguing and while there isn't a lot to see here, we didn't spend a lot of... More 

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New York
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The short video was good but the site itself was not overly exciting. Hate to say that because we live historic sites. We didn't see the play that is put on at the theater so I can't comment on that.

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Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This was a very blah exhibit. They had a few artifacts, but not much information. The earthen fort was unimpressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Interesting history, artifacts and a short movie. This is a nice rainy day activity that you can do in about an hour or so.

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