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“Small But Interesting Visitor Center”

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 14, 2012

The visitor center is set on beautifully landscaped grounds and, though small, contains several fascinating exhibits. An interesting and well-made film was starting just as we walked in, so we watched, and it provided an excellent introduction to Roanoke Island's early history. For example, I learned that the island's towns of Manteo and Wanchese are named for two Indians that helped the original colonists. An enthusiastic and informed docent/ranger answered some questions I had about the inexplicable behavior of John White, the colony's original leader. She also pointed out that the walls and ceiling of the room housing an exhibit were imported from England, and were of the same period as the attempt to colonize Roanoke. Children probably won't find the visitor center interesting, but I would recommend it to any adult, particularly those interested in the earliest attempts to colonize America.

2  Thank PerfectTommy
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Attended a presentaion by the NPS at this site about the Lost Colony? this week. The presenter did a terrific job and the program was very informative. We walked the site after the presentation. Would suggest this program to all! Thank you NPS!!!!!!!!1

Thank Tami P
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Museum was small but interesting, had hands on activities for kids including dress up as pirates and settlers. Overall didn't take very long and is easy to get to from Nags Head or Manteo. Outdoor theater would be a great place to see a show.

Thank Andy M
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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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