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Exhibits in the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center
Exhibits in the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center

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Roanoke Island has been the scene of historical dramas for more than four centuries. Algonquians, Europeans, and African Americans have all played their parts here.

First here were the Carolina Algonquians, who farmed the land and fished the sounds. In 1584, English explorers sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh arrived here. It was the first of three voyages in England's attempt to colonize North America. During the American Civil War, the US Army established a freedmen's colony here. The colony prepared formerly enslaved people for life after the war. Today, The Lost Colony dramatically interprets the 1580s interactions between the Algonquian and English.

Welcome to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where the stories connected with these and other events are preserved and commemorated.

 
  • Wooded path at Fort Raleigh

    News

    News Releases for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

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    Photos and Multimedia

    Photos and Video From Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Virginia Dare Monument in 1896 with 5 people

    History and Culture

    The People, Places, and Stories of Fort Raleigh and Roanoke Island

  • Tuscarora and Algonquian pots

    Science and Research

    Archeology at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Ranger in classroom

    Education

    Educational Programs at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

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    Kids and Youth

    Programs for Children at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Outer banks Group headquarters

    Management

    Management Practices and Policies at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Bookstore inside visitor center

    Bookstore

    Visit the Eastern National Bookstore at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Last updated: August 30, 2016

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo , NC 27954

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252 473-2111

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