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“Great historical knowledge but the attraction isn't much”

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Ranked #15 of 39 things to do in Manteo
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Owner description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
Reviewed July 24, 2010

For something free to do it isn't much to complain about. Very fun for history buffs but can be seen in less than an hour, bring some off in the summer due to the bugs will eat you alive..

Worth a trip if you are spending quality time in OBX if only a day or two then come back at another time..

Thank TheAppalachainRogue
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

We did not tour the site at all. We went in the evening, at dusk, with the sole purpose of seeing the Lost Colony show.

Our group consisted of 5 adults and 4 kids, ages 5-8. All had a good time. The show is very well done, with elaborate sets and costumes. The story is told through a narrator and the actors. They talk with an “old English” accent. At first, it may be tough for the kids to follow along, but ours did OK eventually. When you book the tickets, they ask if you want the English side of the Indian side. I think that just means if you want to sit on stage left or stage right. Part of the scenes are on either side of the main stage. One side is the Indian scenes and one side is the English scenes. On the walk into the theater, look around the woods. You’ll see the actors in full character, setting the stage for what you’re about to experience.

Tips: Customer Service rep said we could take anything we wanted into the theater, but that the space was small and she didn’t recommend taking a whole lot in. There was plenty of space at our seats. You could easily bring a small cooler with snacks and beverages in and store it under your seat. There are some “scary” spots for young children. Guns are fired and fireworks go off. A person gets beheaded. There are several fight scenes that are intense (well done, but may be a lot for a youngster); our 5-year-old handled it fine.

Thank Rebecca30
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

Nannerp's review pretty much covers it. View the movie in the visitor's center for the info. The earthworks and site were a bit underwhelming. This is a place that all right thinking Americans must visit because it is an important part of our history. But from what I gathered they weren't sure where the exact spot is located. The museum is nice. There should be more signs and stories. How about a couple more monuments?

A lot of historical places can be underwhelming. It's not like Gettysburg where you have rolling hills, large boulders, and many different areas. Most historical places (especially battlefields and places like Fort Raleigh) are wooded areas or open plains. So you have to be content to know that it's not how the location sets up, but that you are standing on the very spot (or possibly on it) where history happened.

Make Fort Raleigh a stop, but make sure you hit some other spots while on Manteo (aquarium, Lost Colony, etc.).

1  Thank Buckmarko
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

If you don't love history, you may not get a great deal out of this stop, but I still recommend it anyway. The story behind the Lost Colony is so interesting, so intriguing, and merits a looking into. Before visiting the earthworks, definitely watch the orientation film shown in the visitor center. We went to see the earthworks first and were confused as to whether we were looking at the site of the original fort or of the Civil War fort. A few more outdoor placards with information on them may have been a bit helpful. There are a few nice exhibits to view in the small museum, but it would have been nice to see a more comprehensive story of the colony emerge from this area as well as a greater treatment to the theories behind what may or may not have happened to them. Some of the theories are almost as interesting as the story itself. If you happen to be in the area already, it makes for a good side trip.

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Reviewed March 31, 2008

Fort Raleigh- This is the original site of the settlement of John White and the birthplace of Virginia Dare, first baby born in U.S. A little creepy for my wife, but we enjoyed snooping around the set of the Lost Colony outdoor drama. Beautiful location directly on the Sound. Very surreal knowing that this land was first settled in our great country, yet nothing can befound of it's existence.

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