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The Lost Colony

1409 National Park Dr, Ft. Raleigh National Park, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9451
+1 252-473-2127
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Nice place about the lost colony... the museum is good, all the explanations about this people and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
elda m
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Well presented display with plenty to see and read.

A good chronological explanation from Sir Walter Raleigh getting the Queen to okay the go to the... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
Max W
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Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is the epic story of America's first English colony. Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 men, women and children waded ashore on Roanoke Island in July 1587 to establish the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas. Recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh, among these settlers was John White, his pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare, her husband Ananias and the Indian chief Manteo who had become an English ally during a previous visit in Britain. They unloaded their belongings and supplies and repaired on old fort previously erected on the island. On August 18, 1587 Eleanor Dare gave birth to a daughter she named Virginia, thus earning the distinction of being the first English child born on American soil. Ten days later, John White departed for England promising to return with more supplies. It was the last time he would ever see his family. Three years later, John White returned to Roanoke Island on his granddaughter's third birthday only to find the settlement deserted, plundered and surrounded by overgrown brush. On one of the palisades, he found the single word "CROATOAN" carved into the surface, and the letters "CRO" carved into a nearby tree. The 117 pioneers of Roanoke Island had vanished into the great wilderness and into folklore. Their collective fate to this day remains unknown and is considered to be America's greatest mystery. Nestled along the shores of America's most historic and mysterious island, over 100 professional actors, technicians and designers have gathered every summer since 1937 to honor the memory of the brave people who came here to build a new country. The production is as epic as their story. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony is a cultural treasure and the best family entertainment on the Outer Banks! Performances Monday through Saturday nights May 29-Aug 22, 2015 at 7:30PM.
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1409 National Park Dr, Ft. Raleigh National Park, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9451
+1 252-473-2127
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place about the lost colony... the museum is good, all the explanations about this people and the things they found from that time.. only thing is no theatre if you go when is out the season...only theatre function in summer time..😕

Thank elda m
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

A good chronological explanation from Sir Walter Raleigh getting the Queen to okay the go to the new world to when they went back and all 117 settlers were gone. The theories of what happens to the settlers leaves you thinking.

Thank Max W
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Nice play a little long for kids but it was a great time some very surprising points thru the theatre

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

For years I went here in September when it is closed so I made a point of seeing it while on vacation in August. The performance was wonderful. The actors were outstanding and so were their costumes and set design. This was the first time...More

Thank TALNewYork
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Check show dates, this is an outdoor drama and there is a little walking to get there. It is outdoors so be prepared. There is an English garden and visitors center there also. Build in some time to see them also.

Thank Average_jay
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I live in Manteo and have friends in the cast. I last saw it in 1965 ! A relative was visiting recently and we suggested going. Ashamedly I have always thought of it as community theater. Was I ever wrong! It was a fantastic show....More

Thank rbook46
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We purchased tickets just hours before after hearing good reviews from the people at the excavation site. We only had a couple hour or so before the play. It was rain out. I called before the start of the play, I was told I had...More

4  Thank swamp4077
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We had great seats on the front row, so made it very nice for viewing. Somewhat confusing that they kept referring to landing and settling in Virginia from England, so we weren't sure if this was Roakoke, Virginia or North Carolna they were referring to....More

Thank CCY20132918
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

I had always wanted to see this drama, being an NC native. We all enjoyed learning more about this part of NC/US history. Yes, they took some liberties with the story. It is a dramatization but a well done one. If your little ones have...More

Thank blargoe
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We had a lovely night at the Lost Colony. The show is very professional, with music, drama, fight scenes and comedic relief. My 9 year old daughter enjoyed it, although we decided it was about 20 minutes too long. :) We were tired by the...More

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Theresa M
30 August 2017|
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Response from Puttertat | Reviewed this property |
I believe the actual location of the Lost Colony is unknown, the excavation site that is there is a replica. I was disappointed to learn that it's not the actual location. Also, there's not much to see of the mound that is... More
18 June 2017|
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Response from Carol S | Reviewed this property |
I agree-the 10 year old would be fascinated but the younger kids will most likely get restless. It is an outdoor venue so you could walk around with them if they get restless, but you would miss the play. If there are other... More
8 June 2017|
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Response from Tninobx | Property representative |
The show will go on in a light to moderate rain but will hold if it gets too strong. The good news is that your ticket can be traded for another performance if the weather creates a problem.