Nearby Attractions

Center: A grass-covered earthen fort surrounded by trees. Top: A family of four reading a map and looking at the woods around them. Bottom: A black monument with the words "The Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island 1862-1867"
Explore 400 years of history at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, located on Roanoke Island about 17 miles southwest of the memorial, may be reached via US 64/264. This is the site of England's unsuccessful first attempt to colonize the North American continent. Sir Walter Raleigh's settlement disappeared shortly after its establishment and is known as the Lost Colony.

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Explore the legacy of the Wright brothers at the location where their experiments took place.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial is where Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by being the first people to fly an airplane. Before they succeeded, they conducted flight experiments here for years. The memorial, located about 10 miles north of the northern entrance of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, commemorates their achievement.

Visitors seen enjoying the beach at Cape Lookout Light Station
Visitors enjoy a day at the beach at Cape Lookout Light Station.

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Cape Lookout National Seashore

A boat ride three miles off-shore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages -- there's something for everyone at Cape Lookout. Bring sure to bring all the food, water, and supplies you need when visiting these remote beaches.

American Revolutionary War reenactors fire a cannon.
Moores Creek National Battlefield offers historic weapons demonstrations performed by living historians.

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Moores Creek National Battlefield

Located further south in Currie, North Carolina, Moores Creek National Battlefield is the site of the first significant victory for the Patriots in the American Revolutionary War. In the early morning hours of February 27, 1776, Loyalist forces charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge. Beyond the bridge, nearly 1,000 North Carolina Patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. This battle marked the last broadsword charge by Scottish Highlanders.

Last updated: September 5, 2023

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