The first English attempts at colonization in the New World (1585-1587) are commemorated here. 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 a mystery to this day. The Park was established in 1941, and enlarged in 1990 by Public Law 1001-603 to include the preservation of Native American culture, The American Civil War, the Freedman's Colony, and the activities of radio pioneer Reginald Fessenden. The park is also home to the outdoor symphonic drama THE LOST COLONY, performed in the Waterside Theatre during the summer since 1937. The park is 513 acres in size.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is located near Kill Devil Hills
Plane - Nearest International Airport is in Norfolk, VA, 100 miles to the north. Raleigh, NC, 200 miles to the west is also available. Dare County Regional Airport, 2 miles from the park on Roanoke Island can land commuter airlines and private jets. Rental cars available.
Car - From the North via Richmond, VA or Norfolk, VA take I-64E to US-168 South or US-17 South to US158 East to US-64/264 West. 3 Miles north of Manteo, NC.
From the West, US-64 East from Raleigh, NC. 3 miles North of Manteo, NC.
From the South I-95 to Rocky Mount, NC to US-64 East. 3 miles North of Manteo, NC.
By Ferry boat from Cedar Island, NC or Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke Island, to Hatteras Island again by Ferry boat, to NC-12 North to US-64 West. 3 miles North of Manteo, NC.