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.

Artwork depicting what the earthwork built by the English in 1585 might have looked like

Exploring Fort Raleigh

Discover the different places to visit and learn about at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

the entrance sign to the fort raleigh visitor center

Visiting during COVID-19

View the current operating status of park facilities and facemask requirements.

Contemporary illustration of 1584 English arrival

The 1584 English Expedition

The 1584 English Expedition Paved the Way for More Expeditions to Follow.

The reconstructed earthwork

The 1585 English Expedition

The 1585 English Expedition Led to the Construction of Fort Raleigh.

FDR marker at Waterside Theatre

Commemorating Fort Raleigh

The History of Commemorating the Site of the First English Expeditions to the New World.

Last updated: February 3, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954


(252) 473-2111

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