Fort Raleigh is a restoration of the original 1584–90 earthworks that mark the beginning of English-colonial history in America. Be sure to see the orientation film before taking a guided tour of the fort. A nature trail through the 513-acre grounds leads to an outlook over Albemarle Sound. Native American and Civil War history is also preserved here.
The Lost Colony. Pulitzer Prize–winner Paul Green's drama, was written in 1937 to mark the 350th birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World, and in 2013 the show won a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. Except from 1942 to 1947 (during World War II enemy German U-boats prowled the nearby Atlantic Ocean), it has played every summer since in Fort Raleigh National Historic Site's Waterside Theatre. On a huge stage—larger than any on Broadway—and with a cast and crew of more than 200, it reenacts the story of the first colonists, who settled here in 1587 and mysteriously vanished. Cast
alumni include Andy Griffith and Lynn Redgrave. Reservations are essential. Preshow, hour-long backstage tours are available. Afternoon shows for children are staged at 2 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. The theater is off U.S. 64, 3 miles north of downtown Manteo. 1409 National Park Dr., Roanoke Island, 27954. 252/473–2127 office; 252/473–6000 box office. thelostcolony.org. $28 (add backstage tour for $8); VIP Package $35 (includes backstage tour, rain insurance, and souvenirs); dinner and show $49. Late May–late Aug., Mon.–Sat. 7:30 pm (seating at 7); backstage tour Mon. 6:30 pm, Tues.–Sat. 7 pm.