Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is located on Roanoke Island overlooking the Albemarle Sound. The park marks the site of the first attempted English settlement in the new world—which is known as the “Lost Colony” for having mysteriously disappeared. Prior to the arrival of the English, the island was the home of the Carolina Algonquian Indians.  

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site was also the site of the Freedmen’s Colony, which was established by members of the Union Army former slaves during the Civil War. Following the end of the war, the colony was disbanded, but some brave men and women joined together to buy plots of land and establish a community on Roanoke Island. Today, descendants of those men and women still live on the island.  

Thousands of visitors come to the park each year to learn about a little island that played such an important role in America’s history.  

Your visit to the park can include a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. Here’s what to do at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site:

  • Viewing the 1896 Monument 
  • Exploring the Earthen Fort
  • Experiencing the First Light of Freedom Monument 
  • Walking the Freedom Trail and the Thomas Hariot Trail 
  • Enjoying a performance of The Lost Colony at the Waterside Theatre

Check out Fort Raleigh National Historic Site’s Program Calendar for current events and daily ranger programs, or follow your park on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.