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“Small but historic”

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 39 things to do in Manteo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Very small facility with little left of the original structures. We enjoyed just walking around with a short stroll on the beach.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

After a day in downtown Manteo, my husband and I wanted to cool off in the shade, so we went on over to Fort Raleigh. We spent a bit of time outside on the trails that lead down to the water and through the trees and saw the fort. We also took a stop inside the visitor's center. It wasn't the favorite thing I did on the trip, but it was worth the time we spent exploring and the shade was nice! Once again, no Croatan carved on a tree-wasn't even mentioned. Just carve one for fun!

1  Thank VEE1225
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

A must see if you like history. Interesting artifacts, movie, and exhibits in the museum. I appreciated the fact that the actual fort site had not been reconstructed and was surprised that it was relatively small. I was awed by the fact that I was standing on the site where the Lost Colonist had lived nearly half a millennium ago. It renewed my interest in in the events that surrounded their desertion of the fort. Where did they go?

1  Thank CarollynBoyles
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Having driven up and down the OBX from top to bottom the impression is largely of wide open sky and lots of sand. When we came for a look around Roanoke Island we were taken completely by surprise by verdant scenery, abundance of shade etc.

Whereas Nags Head and the like have a feeling of relative newness and fragility because of the overall style of the architecture, Roanoke has a much more settled and permanent feel (as of course it should have!). The Fort Raleigh site is set in a lovely park and the visitor centre, with its excellent inter-active displays and theatre, is very informative and enjoyable.

At face value the ground works of the fort can hardly be called structurally impressive, but when you consider that they are the remains of the Lost Colony's stockade and that this is where Virginia Dare was born, you get a real feeling of the historic significance and importance of the site. It was a privilege to be here and I highly recommend that others visit the site.

1  Thank johnhouston2
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Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Was very interesting and the volunteer couple at the desk were entertaining and quite informative about the history in and around the park. Gail & Jack are certainly an asset to visitors who know little about the story of the Lost Colony. Only wish there had been more to see in the fort/colony area.

Thank 4Bear
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