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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily... more » Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered. Activities vary daily. « less
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Owner description: Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is epic story of America's first English colony.Over thirty years before... more » Owner description: Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is epic story of America's first English colony.Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 weary men, women and children waded ashore on Roanoke Island in July 1587 to establish the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas. Recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh, among these settlers was John White, his pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare, her husband Ananias and the Indian chief Manteo who had become an English ally during a previous visit in Britain.They unloaded their belongings and supplies and repaired on old fort previously erected on the island. On August 18, 1587 Eleanor Dare gave birth to a daughter she named Virginia, thus earning the distinction of being the first English child born on American soil. Ten days later, John White departed for England promising to return with more supplies. It was the last time he would ever see his family.Three years later, John White returned to Roanoke Island on his granddaughter's third birthday only to find the settlement deserted, plundered and surrounded by overgrown brush. On one of the palisades, he found the single word "CROATOAN" carved into the surface, and the letters "CRO" carved into a nearby tree. The 117 pioneers of Roanoke Island had vanished into the great wilderness and into folklore. Their collective fate to this day remains unknown and is considered to be America's greatest cold case. Nestled along the shores of America's most historic and mysterious island, over 100 professional actors, technicians and designers have gathered every summer since 1937 to honor the memory of the brave people who came here to build a new country. The production is as epic as their story. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony is a cultural treasure and the best family entertainment on the Outer Banks!Performances Monday through Saturday nights May 30-Aug. 22, 2014 At 8PM. Monday nights are kids nights, with a special curtain time of 7:30. « less
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
A reproduction of a garden of the time of Elizabeth I located on Roanoke Island.
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Ranked #5 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Ships; Outdoors
History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and costumed-sixteenth-century characters.
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Ranked #6 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
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Ranked #7 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Beaches; Outdoors
Your information center for sightseeing, attractions, accommodations and dining.
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Ranked #8 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Gardens; National Parks; Cultural
Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
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Ranked #10 of 11 attractions in Manteo
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Ranked #11 of 11 attractions in Manteo
Category: Art Galleries; Cultural
Owner description: Located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Dare County Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization... more » Owner description: Located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Dare County Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization encouraging the arts through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. Located on the first floor of the historic Dare County Courthouse in downtown Manteo, Dare County Arts Council operates a gallery for emerging and established artists, providing a constantly rotating exhibit of local art. We feature paintings, pottery, works in printmaking, jewelry, wood design, fiber art, and glass, as well as a fine selection of prints. « less
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