Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo, NC

Fort Raleigh National Historical Site Manteo, NC


The Outer Banks… a magnificent combination of mesmerizing beach front and four solid centuries of ancient history; this place certainly is a vacationer’s paradise… offering all one would look in a place where he’d like to spend some days to peace while on holidays. And if you are a history lover too, then the Outer Banks are certainly going to be a dream come true for you.

If you’re much into history and would love to discover the birthplace of the unique European settlements in the Americas, then it’s a must that you visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site when you happen to be visiting North Caroline and the Outer Banks. Even the visitor’s center at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is filled with antique artifacts that were excavated during the 1580s… now that’s some old time back.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is managed by National Park Service and is the original site of the Lost Colonists doom… those who simply disappeared from the face of this year some 400 years ago and the very same whose fate is still a big mystery for historians and renowned archaeologists from the world over.

If you’d like to go back in time and take the front seat to witness America’s very own share of enduring mysteries, a visit to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is certainly a must. There are sites you would love to explore… the Lost Colony being the starter only.

There is the Queen’s Rose Garden and Elizabeth Gardens featuring the period statues all of which will help you uncover a very incredible and unique portion of the tumultuous yet rich past that Outer Banks has enjoyed for years.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is open the year round from 9:00 am in the morning to 5:00 pm in the evening with the exception of Christmas Day each year. You can visit the Visitor’s Center and get an in-depth introduction of the history of the site dating back from the Lost Colonists to the beginning of the Freedmen’s Colony that settled on the Roanoke Island some three centuries ago.

You can also watch a 17 minute video that will recap the entire story of the mysterious Lost Colony and the efforts that the archaeologists from around the world have made to discover the truth. You can also check out the antiquated artifacts on display, many of which are the real exhibits uncovered from original settlements that were situated a few yards away from the Visitor’s Center. Since 2013, a new treasure of exhibits has been added to the collection as well.

If you’re a real historic fan then perhaps you’d also like to enjoy the historic drama staging the Lost Colony story at the Waterside Theater within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The theater is a sight in itself with its wooden and canopied stage similar to those in the English Theater Houses from the Elizabethan Era. There are really tall pilings made of wood and a mesmerizing waterfront backdrop for your liking too.