• Dogwoods in bloom during the spring

    Fort Raleigh

    National Historic Site North Carolina

England's First Home in the New World

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and preserves known portions of England's first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590.

This site also preserves the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.

Did You Know?

English landing on Roanoke Island, NC Office of Archives & History

Before the 1587 colony of families, an English expedition of soldiers and explorers resided for nearly a year on Roanoke Island from 1585 to 1586. These men formed England’s first New World settlement, beginning a new chapter in the course of the world.