Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

While on vacation to the Outer Banks we took a break from the beach one afternoon to drive across the bridge to Roanoke Island and visit the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.  Home of the "Lost Colony".  After viewing a short film on the first settlement on Roanoke Island and the Lost Colony, we took a walk along the nature trail at the site.

The pathway begins with markers to commemorate the Lost Colonists, Virginia Dare, and the Roanoke Island Freedman's Colony.

The path winds past the reconstruction of an earthen fort.  The kids took time to explore the "fort".  It even brought out the Princess's playful side. 

After passing the area where the "Lost Colony" play is held, we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves right along the sound.  The waves lapping at the sand called to us to stop and enjoy the breeze, and the beauty of the sound.  Imagine what the first European settlers must have thought landing here for the first time.

The trail is a rather short, easy walk.  And it's nice to get just wander under the trees and get out of the heat of the sun for a while.

A nice way to spend a couple of hours while visiting the OBX

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