Welcome to The Lost Colony


In 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. Just three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring supplies, they found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists.  After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened to the colonists remains unsolved.

The Lost Colony, is performed each summer on the same site where these actual events occurred. Under the direction of Ira David Wood, III, a company of over 100 actors, dancers, singers, and technicians create a magical evening for your whole family.

Become immersed in epic battles, haunting Native American dances, elegant costuming, and beautiful music in this enormous stage production. The Lost Colony brings our nation’s oldest mystery to life.

Can You Solve America’s
Oldest Mystery?

“History comes to life”

The story and acting was heartfelt and that warmed us.The acting, costumes and sets were first class. It all made for a memorable evening.

Reviewed August 16, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Amazing Show with VIP Backstage Tour”

The theatre, set, singers & performers were all fantastic & support staff very welcoming. A real gem of a place & must see when visiting the Outer Banks & Manteo.

Reviewed August 7, 2017 via TripAdvisor

“Amazing Dramatic History”

The play was very well done. We’ve been to several outdoor plays and this one ranks at the top. The costumes and sets were just as good as a Broadway play. You won’t go wrong going to this show.

Reviewed July 30, 2017 via TripAdvisor

Recent Blogs


The Lost Colony Awarded SETC Staffing Development Matching Grant

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), the non-profit that produces The Lost Colony outdoor historic drama, is proud to announce that it has been awarded one of seven inaugural grants from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) to professional theatres across the United States. The grants were made available to provide resources and funding that will assist professional theatres with hiring, [...]

2017 Inaugural Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Exceeds Fundraising Goals!

Photo courtesy of Milepost Portraits The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival continues to receive rave reviews. The Roanoke Island Historical Association is also excited to share that the event exceeded its goals and raised over $44,000 to benefit the 2018 production of The Lost Colony. The festival featured 120 wines from around the world, local breweries, and regional restaurants. [...]

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival – A Great Success!

Nearly 500 visitors and locals participated in The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival’s Inaugural Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 30th. Attendees enjoyed a perfect fall day filled wine and craft beer tasting, live entertainment, educational wine seminars and fabulous views of the Roanoke Sound. Committee members worked hard over the past year to organize the event that featured over [...]

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