Roanoke Island Festival Park

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1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC, USA - (252) 475-1500

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Roanoke Island Festival Park Jul 20, 2012
Roanoke Island Festival Park is a recreation of the 1585 expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh that established the first, though short lived, English colony in North America. After running into trouble with the local Alonquian Indians and becoming short on food and supplies, the colony was abandoned until Raleigh tried again in 1587 (the famous Lost Colony of Roanoke).

Don't expect anything on the scale of a Colonial Williamsburg. There is a small encampment with a blacksmith shop, some tents and various tools and equipment used by the English. Reenactors in period costume explain how the colonists lived and used the equipment. Another area partially recreates an Indian village. If you take your time and read the many signs with historical and anthropological information, much can be learned about how the Indians and English survived on Roanoke. There are also hands-on exhibits for children.

The highlight of the park is the recreation of a 16th-century English sailing ship that crossed the Atlantic. The Roanoke Adventure Museum is also on site. Though primarily geared for kids with interactive exhibits, the museum does a decent job of covering the history of the island from its original Alonquian inhabitants through the Civil War to the present.

Passes cost $10 for adults, $7 for teens and children, while kids under 6 get in free. A pass is good for two days. I spent around two hours at the park and museum, which were not crowded at all. If you do visit, you might as well head over to Fort Raleigh five minutes down the road and see the actual site of Raleigh's ill-fated colonies.
The ship Queen Elizabeth I at Fest…
Dance circle
Dance circle at the Indian village
Getting ready to dance
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