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“Interesting Historical Perspective”

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 39 things to do in Manteo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Information about the Lost Colony and Sir Walter Raleigh's involvement with many expeditions to Roanoke Island and the surrounding areas. Well maintained by the National Parks Service with an informative staff

Thank 500Bill
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

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The site will only take you an hour at most if you read every single thing in the museum and walk really slowly around the trail. I did learn about the freeman's colony on the island and that was interesting. It is free (I would have been highly upset if I had to pay anything to see almost nothing), has bathrooms, and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Elizabeth Gardens is within the site and so is the Lost Colony play (in the summer only). It is close to Roanoke Island's Old Town, Roanoke's Island Park, and Roanoke's Aquarium. You could make a day of seeing all of those places.

Cons: There is just not that much to do here. The exhibits are lacking and does not have much in terms of information on the Lost Colony. The fort itself looks is just a mound and the trail surrounding it is dull. The gift shop is small and so it does not have that much to offer. There is no place to buy food. It seems like the NPS could save a lot of money if they turned this over to a private organization instead of keeping it open.

Notes: Bring bug spray if you go in the summer. I only gave this three stars because I got to put 3 more stamps on my national parks passport.

7  Thank globaltrekster
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

There is a 20 minute film and displays of costumes from the "Lost Colony" show, which is next door. Also included is a history of the Roanoke colony. There is a very good bookshop.

Thank LAC2713
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Really interesting and beautiful natural park and museum. We learned about the possible new information about what might be under the patches on the original map showing the lost colony. Is it under the nearby golf course? We also listened to a talk by knowledgable Ranger Bob that thoughtfully explained the history of Roanoke Island. Beautiful grounds, great displays and enthusiastic rangers. Family fun.

Thank Lauren H
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Interesting, quick visit. There are several rooms with information & artifacts, as well as costumes and props from the Lost Colony production. The earthern fort isn't anything amazing, but our children liked seeing it, as well as the Lost Colony stage. The staff is eager to share information, and their are informational videos and children's activities.

Thank Stacy C
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