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“A must see”

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Ranked #4 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 July 1, 2013

This is a great place for everyone especially for those intrigued with history. Fort Raleigh is the site of the first English colony aka "The Lost Colony" because the residents vanished. The museum tells the story of the colony and the mystery that surrounds it. You can browse through artifacts and take a tour of the grounds. HINT: TRAVEL DOWN THE PATHS. IF YOU TAKE A RIGHT AS YOU ARE GOING DOWN THE PATH, YOU WILL END UP AT THE WATER. THIS IS A FANTASTIC VIEW.

Thank Glenn B
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

At time of visit the NPS exhibits and films seem dated-- and not much on site- but one of those that again must be on the 'must visit' list. The friendliness and wealth of knowledge via the NPS ranger on duty- easily brought this to the five star recommendation - but as noted - very important historical site which importance and human story translates easily to all ages and many interests.

Thank Wayne C
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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

There isn't a tremendous amount to see here--but that doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile. We attended The Lost Colony play the evening before, and it helped to "feel" this site. Do some pre-research on this lost colony and then enter into the presence of those who hoped for life in the new world.
The park ranger was amazing! Definitely attend a presentation. One of my favorite historic sites!

Thank Christina M
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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.

Thank CameronAvant
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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.

Thank Tim S
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