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.
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