Historic Downtown Manteo- The Town of Manteo was incorporated in 1899, and is named after a local Croatan chief who became well renowned for helping the first English colonists in the New World. The Town of Manteo serves as the county seat of Dare County, North Carolina. It is located in the center of Roanoke Island of the world-famous Outer Banks. The Town covers about 1.8 square miles and is home to a population of about 1200.
The Town has transitioned from a primarily commercial fishing economy to a tourist economy. However, many of our residents' roots run deep. Their proud heritage can still be seen today
There are over 40 unique shops in the downtown area that is pedestrian friendly. The downtown shopping district is 4 streets wide by 2 streets deep. We have 10 unique places to eat, 4 Galleries, 3 Antique shops, and two potters who combine studio and retail space. In addition, the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse Replica are downtown. A short walk across the bridge will take you to Roanoke Island Festival Park, where you can step back into the 16th century and learn about early colonization here.
Parking is available on several lots as well as along the street. You can also use the parking at Festival Park. The Town Of Manteo's website has a great parking map, and additional information about the area.
Check out some of the local shops!