Fort Raleigh National Historic
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, North Carolina 27954
Explore 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 American Indians, European Americans and African
Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.
Things to Do
The stories of Roanoke Island are
told by exhibits, artifacts and the 17-minute park video Roanoke:
The Lost Colony. In the summer, park rangers offer interpretive
programs and activities.
Earthenworks restored on the site are
associated with England's colonization efforts that were sponsored
by Sir Walter Raleigh from 1584 to 1590. An adjacent spot has
confirmed evidence of metallurgical activity from the 1585
The Thomas Hariot Nature Trail offers
a 20-minute pocket wilderness experience of the island's natural
setting. Wayside signs on the trail relate what English explorers
observed of the natural resources and the commodities that could be
made from them.
The Freedom Trail leads 1-� miles
from the nearby Elizabethan Gardens through the park land to the
island's western edge, offering a viewshed that the native
Algonquians enjoyed from their island home. At the trail's west end,
signs discuss the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island and of freedom
found on the island by escaped slaves.
On these small wooded grounds lie
many stories of families and their struggles that have continued
through time, resulting in the creation of a nation and its people.
Here, the first infant cries of English colonization in the New
World (1584-1590) burst upon the world. These efforts, sponsored by
Sir Walter Raleigh, ended with the disappearance of 116 men, women
and children, including two that were born in the New World. The
fate of this �lost colony� remains one of the world�s great
This site also celebrates the
preservation of Native American culture and was the location of an
important Freedmen's Colony during the Civil War era. One of the
early radio pioneers, Reginald Fessenden, conducted many of his
The American tradition of sacrifice,
inventiveness, and courage in the face of great adversity was
defined by the actions on these grounds and continues to thrive in
our national spirit. Visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site for a
visit into our past and a glimpse of our future.
From the North
via Norfolk, VA take US-168 South or US-17 South to US158 East to
US-64/264 West. The park is located on Roanoke Island, 3 Miles north
of the town of Manteo, NC.
From the West,
approach Roanoke Island using US-64 East from Raleigh, NC. The park
is located on Roanoke Island, 3 miles North of Manteo, NC.
From the South,
approach Roanoke Island using I-95 to Rocky Mount, NC then use US-64
East. The park is located on Roanoke Island, 3 Miles north of
Use departures from Cedar Island, NC or Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke
Island, then use NC-12 North, leading to a ferry boat departure to
Hatteras Island. Continue on NC-12 North to US-64 West. The park is
located on Roanoke Island, 3 miles North of Manteo, NC.
Privately operated boat slips are available in the area. Nearest
rail passenger access is 110 miles from the park in Newport News,
Virginia or 150 miles from the park in Rocky Mount, NC, using
Amtrak. Nearest bus passenger access is 69 miles from the park in
Elizabeth City, NC.
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