"The Lost Colony..." Top 5 Page for this destination Manteo by NC_Ziggy

Manteo Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 72 photos

Walking Where the Vanished Walked...

When and if you come to this area (and you really should!) be sure to spend time in the town of Manteo. History and sights abound, but the thing that struck me most is it doesn't look like you're anywhere near the ocean here! There are huge forests, lush green grass, and a peaceful, easy feeling to the place.

And while you're here, one "Must See" is the theatrical production of "The Lost Colony". This is the oldest Outdoor Drama in the U.S. and now in its 68th season.

In brief unofficial summation, this is an historic drama based upon the arrival of the first English settlers who came here in 1587 only to vanish without a trace by 1590. The play chronicles the difficulties, hardships, and near starvation as the colonists were befriended by some Native Americans and attacked by others. In the end, they are abandoned by Queen Elizabeth I who refuses to allow even one small ship to reprovision them because the Spanish fleet threatens England. When help finally arrives in 1590, the fort is found abandoned with the word "Croatoan" found carved in a post and "CRO" carved in a tree. The exact fate of the 120 people remains a mystery to this day...

The 2002 Production Season of “The Lost Colony” runs from June 3 through August 19. Performances are presented Monday through Saturday at 8:30pm. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $8 for children 11 and under. Children are admitted free on Mondays with accompanied adult. A note for you- Photos are not allowed to be taken during the performance. Phone the ticket office at 252-473-3414 or visit them online here! The Lost Colony

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very Historical and Entertaining
  • Cons:Non, Non!
  • In a nutshell:This Place Doesn't Look Like a Coastal Place!
  • Last visit to Manteo: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 20, 2005
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  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2009 at 4:39 AM

    Very interesting. I like historical cities.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2005 at 6:19 PM

    great tips, I was just there a few weeks ago.

  • Dec 7, 2005 at 9:46 AM

    Looks like a very nice place indeed!

  • hotsauce28's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2005 at 7:23 PM

    yes...angel wings...keep laughing and pints are on you!! ;)

  • themajor's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 8:03 AM

    What?! We've lost one of our colonies?!! Is it too late for me to pop over, replant the jolly old Union Jack and make a nice cup of tea??

  • Anjutka's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2005 at 6:05 AM

    i like such places!!!

  • peerapa's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2005 at 9:19 AM

    wow...This looks fascinating & very interesting...Thanks for share nice tips and picture....Have a nice day...Take care...May

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2005 at 8:17 AM

    "I found the lost colony," or at least that's what my refirgerator magnet from Manteo says. Everybody loves a mystery.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2005 at 1:55 PM

    Never heard of the Lost Colony before. Fascinating. I'd like to see the performance. Thanks for the drift along the waterfront.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2005 at 3:26 PM

    Fascinating story in your intro Steve, Manteo looks a lovely place. Im a Pepsi person myself, so Big Als would be no good for me! lol. (~_~)


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