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“Great costumes. Good movie telling the story of the fort.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 38 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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great costumes. Good movie telling the story of the fort.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

There is a show (play) that is put on outside and there is a cost. I was not able to see the show, but it sounded very good.

The visitor's center is small, but you do watch an informative short video explaining Mr. Raleigh and the fort. There are exhibits that show the dress of the people at that time.

There is a small National Unerground Railroad monument (statue) outside of the visitor's center that is called "First Light of Freedom" and has a quote that states "If you can cross the creek to Roanoke Island, you will find safe haven".

Worth a stop to see the show and get a stamp in your National Park book.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Garner, North Carolina, United States
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66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“This place is a must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

We loved Fort Raleigh. If you got to The Lost Colony visiting Fort Raleigh is a must. We enjoyed the exhibits and particularly liked the Ranger presentation. We learned a great deal and not just about Sir Walter Raleigh's ill-fated colony. If you carry school children to see The Lost Colony carry them to Fort Raleigh the next day. Fort Raleigh answers a lot of questions and straightens out some of the liberties taken by the play.

Visited June 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the most important locations in America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

While it is true that this site is small and not very glamourous, everyone should visit here at least once. Roanoke Colony was of vital importance, the history and mystery of this location should send chills up and down your spine. The museum is small but nice, the film is interesting and gives insight into why the Native American population of the area might have had a reason to want this colony gone. Then there is the fort, an exact reconstruction on the exact spot the original stood in the 1580's.

Visited May 2013
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Akron, Ohio
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good Historical Review”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have been here several times. The visitor's center has a good display with parts that change every year so there is always something new to see. The rangers have always been very helpful and there are several programs they offer that help explain the history of the area. There is also a small hike that has plaques that point out how different plants were useful to the natives, colonists, and trade.

Visited May 2013
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Kitchener, Canada
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105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Part of the puzzle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

This historic site offers another piece of the Outer Banks puzzle, telling the story of the first attempted settlement of the area and offering insight into the lives of the original habitants. It's not the most glamourous tourist attraction but it's an important one!

Visited March 2013
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