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The Lost Colony

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Address: 1409 National Park Dr, Ft. Raleigh National Park, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9451
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+1 252-473-2127
12:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 20:00

Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is the epic story of...

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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Ghosts of The Lost Colony Tour

Ghosts of The Lost Colony was a very very cool evening...a little breezy too. Lol We totally enjoyed the ghost hunters, Trevor, and his troupe. Being in the park after dark... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ghosts of The Lost Colony was a very very cool evening...a little breezy too. Lol We totally enjoyed the ghost hunters, Trevor, and his troupe. Being in the park after dark, going on the tour and back stage was awesome! We love going to the play and have been quite a few times and will go many more. Fascinated by... More 

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Mebane, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful visitors' center with friendly staff. We watched the short introductory film about the historical background. A park ranger gathered those who were interested in the lobby and talked to us about what might have happened to the Lost Colony. She had some theories which she handed out to several of the visitors. I was impressed with how she handled... More 

Thank Johnson747
New Lenox, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We specifically came down to Roanoke Island because of the lost colony but were very disappointed. Not quite sure how the lost colony show does not run in April since it is a southern state and the weather is warm (for the most part). There were tons of visitors but the only thing that was offered is a brief movie... More 

Thank Mark n Debbi S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just amazing, the history that I did not know,still searchingredients with my husband and hope to return again

Thank Juliana K
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting visit for families with older children. First you view a 20 minute film at the Visitor Center which details what is known about the Lost Colony and the settlers. Admission is FREE. There are trails to hike and a picnic area too. There is a huge staging area where you can view a live portrayal... More 

Thank Barb J
Zeeland, Mi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable visit. You have the opportunity to view ~20 minute film at visitor center about The Lost Colony - an early attempt by England to colonize America at Roanoke Island which ended in the mysterious disappearance of 117 men, woman and children - including theories about what happened to them. There is a beautiful picnic area and multiple short hiking... More 

Thank Randall P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Roanoke while staying at Kill Devil Hill in the Outer Banks. My husband was an American History teacher, so he knew all of the significant details about Roanoke. It is a really picturesque little island, and you can't help but feel the historical significance. Walking around the grounds, visiting the museum, and perusing the quaint little shops and... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is very little actually know about the Lost Colony and consequenty the museum is also quite limited. However the grounds are pleasant and people friendly.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband knew this story, but sadly my history teacher never covered it... A fascinating take - poignant and sad. The center does a good job (especially the film) of telling you about this place. A rare FREE opportunity to become informed about a piece of US history... Or bring the kiddos and let them learn.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Outer Banks so The Lost Colony was a must see and it did not disappoint. I'd love to go again.

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