Places to Go

Etching on the First Light of Freedom memorial
Etching on the First Light of Freedom memorial

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1896 Monument
Close-up of the stonework

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1896 Monument
See the monument that marks the beginning of on-site preservation efforts.

 
Part of the reconstructed 1585 earthwork
Part of the reconstructed 1585 earthwork

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Earthwork
Archeological evidence reveals an earthwork and metallurgical activity that were a part of the English's 1585 exploration sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh. The earthwork seen today was reconstructed in 1950.

 
Detailed etchings on the First Light of Freedom monument.
Detailed etching on the First Light of Freedom monument

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First Light of Freedom
The First Light of Freedom monument commemorates the Roanoke Island Freedman's Colony that was set up during the American Civil War. The colony provided a safe haven and education for former slaves to help prepare them for a new life.

 
Freedom Trail
View of the Croatan Sound

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Freedom Trail
Explore the maritime forest along this 1.25-mile trail that ends with views of the Croatan Sound on the western edge of the park.

 
Hariot Trail
Path through the maritime forest

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Thomas Hariot Trail
Walk this .3-mile loop through the island's maritime forest.

 
Visitor Center
Exhibit artwork about the 1587 expedition

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Visitor Center
Discover the in-depth heritage stories of Roanoke Island, from the Algonquian and the English to freedmen and a radio scientist.

 
Main stage of the Waterside Theatre
Main stage of the Waterside Theatre

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Waterside Theatre
View the home of The Lost Colony, an outdoor symphonic drama performed by a park partner, the Roanoke Island Historical Association.

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:

(252) 473-2111
The general information phone number for the Outer Banks Group of parks (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial).

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