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Informative National Military Post

This being our first time in the OBX, we wanted to get a much info on the area as possible. Also... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Cindy E
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Boiling Springs, South Carolina
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Not much without the Show

We looked about but site was not much without the play. We toured the welcome center and digs. The... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
rogersober
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Clermont, Florida
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Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
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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 weeks ago

It's shouldn't be surprising that there isn't much left from a settlement from over 400 years ago, especially since they went missing. However, the visitor center is really quite good and modern, and the grounds enjoyable to walk with sea-side access. Come during the summer...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2018

This is the site of a small fort constructed by the original colonists of the first English attempt to settle North America. The actual site of the colony is unknown. The site itself is a bit underwhelming, just a star-shaped earthworks that was about 40...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

This being our first time in the OBX, we wanted to get a much info on the area as possible. Also, the list colony has always been interesting to us. The visitor's center was extremely nice with an informative video and plenty of artifacts for...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Learned all kinds of stuff that School House Rock left out. This was the first place that England tried to colonize, only a hundred years after Columbus' discovery when Queen Elizabeth I was ruling (think Shakespeare.) Friendly native Americans tried to help the newcomers, but...More

Thank wiffee
Reviewed 27 October 2018

This is a nice quiet place for walking, it not a lot to see here if you are not going to the theatre

Thank Mimi5620
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We looked about but site was not much without the play. We toured the welcome center and digs. The place was a bit disappointing.

Thank rogersober
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Not really sure what I expected to see here, but I really saw nothing. The fort is nothing more than a mound of dirt. We were too late in the year to catch the play, and there was little else there. They did however have...More

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 10 September 2018

The video presentation and displays were interesting and informative. It's nice that this site is free so everyone can see this important part of American history.

Thank Kay7979
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Very nice staff and helpful too. The grounds at Fort Raleigh are lush and beautiful. There are signs along the paths to explain what happened where you are standing. Take bug spray.

Thank queban
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This national park is free and should not be missed if you are interested in history. There is a very interesting museum full of artifacts and a film that explains what happened at Roanoke. You can walk to see some ruins and the stage for...More

Thank MattL132
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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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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
21 January 2017|
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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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