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“First English Settlement”

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 November 22, 2013

There was no ranger presentation available when I went, but the movie was great. I still cannot believe 150 people used a fort that size. It was fall and the Elizabethan Gardens were not much to see. I have been there in season and they are beautiful. I plan to go to the "Lost Colony" next season. Warning; I do not think this would be exciting to young children and may not be to teenagers.

Thank JayB1r
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Although the major presentations end at Labor Day we did enjoy the film about the Lost Colony as well as the various displays and interactive short films. What happened to these first inhabitants we will never know; however, based on the film's emphasis on the colonists aggression toward the Native Americans and the killing on both sides, coupled with the lack of food and three return of the Governor, I would guess they were killed or assimilated into the Native American tribes. See if you can come up with a better theory. Great displays of artifacts and the walk through the grounds is very nice. As an aside the stone tablet recognizing the role Roanoke Island played in the underground railroad was very interesting. No fee and nice bathrooms and gift shop. Rangers very helpful as well.

Thank James H
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We usually try to start any visit to a National Site or Park by watching the video. This was especially important at this location because there is not too much to see since the area was last inhabited in the 1500's! The Park Ranger presentation was also very interesting and helpful. There is a rendition of what the fort may have looked like that has been constructed for presentation of the play "The Lost Colony". But, it is a pretty area to stroll around on a nice day.

Thank pasrts4046
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

If you go to the Outer Banks, you really should stop here. The rangers and the other staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. No admission charged. We really enjoyed our short visit. Next time we will return for "The Lost Colony production.

Thank karenlin
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Fort Raleigh has a lot of information considering the lack of proof about the settlement and their disappearance. A lot is repeated but it is very interesting to see the speculations about what happened to the colonists and to walk the area where they lived for so short a time.

Thank PraisinPeggi
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