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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

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Address: Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-473-2111

Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island...

Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.

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The fort area is interesting along with the small visitors center. Small wooded area where the fort is has a few information boards to read. The park is free to get into and just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greenwood, Indiana
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Palmyra, Virginia
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63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For those who value historical visits, this fort has plenty of history, from the early colonial period through the Civil War. There are earthworks to be seen on the site of the first earthen fort where several digs have revealed more 16th century history. In addition, there was a battle here during the Civil War in which Union forces under... More 

Thank palmyralady
Mooresville, North Carolina
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great history lesson. Beautiful grounds. Well kept. Visitor center is very information and interesting.

Thank ashleypV2074WN
United States
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great film to start, interesting a/v presentations in the museum area and an interesting talk by Mike the ranger. Nice nature trail. We were sorry to have missed the live theatre program that runs during the summer season.

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a cool museum/visitor center, with films about the original colonists and the native americans who tried to help them, lots of literature, walking paths to the original earthen fort, etc. Rangers are very friendly and engage everyone in lively discussions about what might have happened to the "missing" colonists. Definitely worth a visit. And don't miss walking out... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The fort area is interesting along with the small visitors center. Small wooded area where the fort is has a few information boards to read. The park is free to get into and just off the main road, so worth the trip. Id skip the gardens there though. It's $9 each person admission and not much to see in there.... More 

Thank tspur
The Colony
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123 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone familiar with American history knows about the lost settlement at Roanoke and the mystery that surrounds exactly what happened to this first settlers. No, there is not much actual "stuff" to see here, but some pretty good recreations of the Earthen Fort and a nice film. If you are a history buff, you really should walk the grounds of... More 

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Henrico, Virginia
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This site is intended to preserve the location of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. The visitor center is nicely kept and you can watch a video about the story of the Lost Colony, however there is not much more. The original site of the colony is likely underwater in the sound, so I can understand that there is not... More 

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Kearney, Missouri
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91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's not much to see here. Do go see the video at the visitor center. There's lots of interactive displays at the visitor center for the kiddos.

Thank EDian831
Bellingham, Washington
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145 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well groomed, well maintained, modern facility. Informative video, few artifacts, historical accounts. Beautiful setting for contemporary reflection about the sixteenth century events surrounding the British attempt to settle America, the relationship and distrust between English and Native Americans, the impact of the British War with Spain, and the disappearance of the colony of Roanoak.

Thank Love2trvlalot
Northern Virginia, Virginia
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110 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pre-colonial American history preserved on the outskirts of Outer Banks on Roanoke Island. The site is well worth the time to visit and learn more about our history. Maintained and run by the National Park Service, entrance is free and there is a visitor center that you should start your visit. Take the time to browse through the exhibit as... More 

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