After more than four decades, new exhibits, some including artifacts never displayed by the National Park Service, have been installed at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site's visitor center in North Carolina.
The new exhibits at the Lindsay Warren Visitor Center cover a wide-range of park stories, including the Carolina Algonquian, the Roanoke Voyages and the Lost Colony, the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island, the Roanoke Island Freedmen’s Colony, and Reginald Fessenden’s wireless radio achievement on Roanoke Island. Many park artifacts are highlighted--some displayed for the first time, park officials said in a release.
The new exhibits will feature multiple interactive audio-visual stations to help engage the visitor further with various park stories.
This is the second phase of upgrade to the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center. A rehabilitation project of the facility was completed in 2011.
“We are excited to be able to provide such great improvements to the visitor experience at the park,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “These are engaging stories of people who came to this island with great hopes and dreams. Some of these dreams came true. Others were lost. These exhibits will help visitors explore these stories—to find what is known and what is yet to be discovered.”