Part of the National Park system, Fort Raleigh was the first settlement in the New World. Colonists from England descended upon the shores of the Outer Banks, finding Roanoke Island secure from the coastal elements. Although the colony was lost, the fort remained and is an historic site protecting the area that was home to Europeans, as well as Native Americans, from 1584 to 1590. See the 1896 Monument and see the reconstructed earthwork from the studies led by Sir Walter Raleigh, and walk along the 1.25-mile maritime forest Freedom Trail. A visit to the Waterside Theatre at the Visitor Center provides an outdoor symphonic drama about "The Lost Colony."
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