Fodor's Expert Review Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Fort Raleigh is a restoration of the original 1584–90 earthworks that mark the beginning of English-colonial history in America. The site has been identified as the original site of the doomed Lost Colonists, and the question that hangs in the air here is, "What happened to the 117 men, women, and children of the 1587 expedition who disappeared without a trace?" 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.