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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

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

The rangers were very knowledgeable and the short video brought things together well. Thought... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jwfcort757
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Chesapeake, Virginia
nothing there

I am quite interested in history, so drove all the way out to this place only to discover that... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Steve D
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Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (47 reviews)
“lost colony” (44 reviews)
“ranger talk” (14 reviews)
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Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-473-2111
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The rangers were very knowledgeable and the short video brought things together well. Thought there might be a little more there. But very informative.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I am quite interested in history, so drove all the way out to this place only to discover that there is NOTHING there. The visitors center has a reasonable explanation of what had happened there, but one could stay home and read a book or...More

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The kids had no idea about this part of our history! Public schools seem to be very poor with American history. The kids were very interested in learning about this episode in time and we augmented their curiosity with several books from the gift shop

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expected a little more from this. The hut where they talk about the area is adequate and very friendly and then we walked out to the amphitheater which isn’t a long walk. The recreated earth mounds were a little anticlimactic. Overall just a nice stroll...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting to see where the colony of Roanoke started out. There was also a marker commemorating Virginia Dare. The visitor center was also really neat also.

Thank Diana J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What American child was not spell-bound in grade school by the mystery of Roanoke? Probably every American schoolchild for the last 100 years was taught about this enigma of history. With that kind of tail wind, you would expect a world-class NHP. Sadly this is...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

We were looking for more about the lost colony of Roanoke and decided to stop in after taking our 5 year old to the aquarium. Nice facilities and exhibits that provided information on the history. Exhibits had a lot of artifacts from the time period...More

Thank Tia E
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Don’t skip the visitor center and do watch the movie. It’s only 17 minutes long but gives you all the background information you need. The exhibit in the center is also intersting.Outside there is not much to see; but it’s a nice walk through the...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Allthough there is not that much to see (except from a renovated mound of earth were a stronghold once stood) You can take a walk through the woods. The museum itself tells a lot about the first colonists. And please see the movie, takes about...More

Thank Hans V
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We always like to get out and learn about history in our National Parks and this was a great place. There is so much history in this area - it makes learning fun. I mean who wouldn't want to learn more about the colonists that...More

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leslie878
26 June 2017|
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Response from Big-Deeee | Reviewed this property |
The last play of the season is August 19 the way I read it.
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leslie878
26 June 2017|
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Response from HistoryLover2017 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. We were there last year for the last 2 weeks of August into the first few days of September. I think we arrived on August 20 and that was the last day of the performances of the Lost Colony. I hope you get... More
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Katie M
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Response from katsusanna | Reviewed this property |
At least an hour, depending on how you time your arrival. You will definitely want to watch the film and hear a ranger talk, so depending on your arrival time, you may have to wait for the next film showing and ranger talk... More
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