'Small Town Charm'
Roanoke Island is located on the Outer
Banks of North Carolina, and is about 12 miles long and 3 miles
wide. It is enclosed by the Roanoke
Sound and Croatan Sound and is made up of two waterfront towns, Manteo and Wanchese.
Manteo is on the
north eastern side of the island and Wanchese is at
the southern end. These towns still hold onto their unique charm
and historic past with many attractions that draw people to the
Plan to stay awhile, because you won't
have enough time
to explore it all in just one day!
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As you probably remember from your history
classes, in 1584, Sir Walter
Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I,
attempted to establish an English colony
of America on Roanoke Island.
There were 117 men, women, and
children in the colony, but after a few years, the colony, along with
houses and shelters were nowhere to be found. It was a ghost
There are numerous theories of the fate of the colony but it still remains a mystery. The colony
became known as the Lost Colony.
The only thing that remains of the Lost Colony today is a fort, and it
is open to the public. Many historians still continue to come to
Roanoke Island in hopes of finding answers
that will solve the big question
regarding the colony's fate.
can see the Lost Colony story
the stars at America's oldest and longest running outdoor drama at the Waterside Theatre in Fort Raleigh National
Historic Site in the town of
This should definitely be on your list of "things to do" when
Also, be sure to see the 16th
century ship, "Elizabeth II" at
the Roanoke Island Festival Park and
the Roanoke Marshes
Other popular attractions on the island include the North Carolina
Aquarium, and the Elizabethan
Gardens, a lovely statuary.
the Civil War, if the African-Americans could cross over the Roanoke
and Croatoan Sounds, there was a safe place waiting for them to
them escape slavery.
It is known as the Freedman's Colony, which is an
honorary stop for the Underground
Railroad. Wow! All of
history comes alive in one place!
Manteo is a peaceful, charming, southern town
with art galleries,
antique shops, waterfront boardwalks and southern hospitality!
is also the home of Andy Griffith and
his wife, and he has described
Manteo many times as "if Mayberry is anywhere, it is Manteo".
When you come to visit, plan on staying the night because you have so
much to see! And, if you stay awhile, you will have time to
experience the quiet nights with a nice walk on the boardwalk,
The accommodations are fabulous and Manteo has more bed and
breakfast establishments than any other town or village on the
Banks. Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what
other travelers have to say about hotels in Manteo
Just opposite Manteo at the southern end is Wanchese. Wanchese is
an old fishing village where
"down to earth" residents fish for a
living and build boats. This village is not a tourist attraction,
but it is really nice to just be among the residents and observe their
Wanchese and Manteo are home to a
great bed and breakfast establishments and they have several
suites and packages to choose from with all the southern charm
that will keep you coming back year after year.
Wanchese also has
camping community at the Campground
They have 59
with full hook-ups, and you can stay a day, week, or a year, but
your reservations early though!
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