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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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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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Stopped here on a whim and it was very interesting would have loved to see the play they have if we were there on the off season! Very interesting though liked the movie they had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went for a walk through the trails when nobody was around it was quiet and peaceful.

Thank Vicki L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim and it was very interesting would have loved to see the play they have if we were there on the off season! Very interesting though liked the movie they had was pretty cool!

Thank Christina H
Lenoir, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I would say, if you are in the area, go! It's a great and free way to learn a little history. Unfortunately, they don't have the play this time of year but it was still a great time learning and exploring the grounds.

Thank Cris28645
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The history revealed on the possibilities of what happened to a whole colony of early settlers was amazing. It is my favorite on Colony History thus far and offers a great walk of the area, a Must See museum and a live play of the colony settlers so plenty to do.

Thank Jerry B
Manteo, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Several years ago, the sound system was upgraded and that really made every seat in the house a great seat! I always tell visitors, that if you are unfamiliar with the story go to the Festival Park (downtown Manteo) movie shown several times daily, to get a good background on the history. It helps to make the story easier to... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

During our family vacation in August, we decided to attend a performance of 'The Lost Colony.' My family hadn't attended in years, and my niece and nephew have never seen it. We had a great time, and the performance was very well done. It had been changed somewhat since the first time I saw it when I was a little... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This was the best outdoor play that we have seen. My entire family enjoyed it. It was a great way to see history. It was definitely worth it. It is a must see on an outerbanks vacation.

Thank allboysMom06
Saint Albans, West Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We used to go every year - years ago - back when this outdoor drama stuck more to the actual history of it. A few years ago, it is more of a dance show entertainment. I was disappointed when we took people that had never been before. We were sorry that it had changed so much. Past 4 years, we... More 

Thank Sue M
Manteo, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This outdoor play runs June through August and not on Sundays. It is a portrayal of the first settlers coming to this area from England and gives an idea of what they went through when they arrived in America. Unfortunately these settlers disappeared, and no one really knows what evzer happened to them. This play is exciting with Indian fighting... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Plan on being hot! Listen closely to what the Ranger has to say. He is the Greek Chorus for the drama and was very good when we attended. Fine dancing and acting. Who knows, you may be watching another Andy Griffith in the making.

Thank Ross M

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