What Happened to the Lost Colony?

Raleigh, NC – What if the Lost Colony was never lost? What if the survivors left Roanoke Island and made it to Georgia? A series of engraved stones, called the Dare stones, were discovered in the 1930s and tell a tale of how the survivors traveled by land to South Carolina and then to Georgia. The first stone, found near the Chowan River in North Carolina, claimed that Eleanor Dare and a few other settlers had made their way inland after an Indian attack wiped out the rest of the colony. Is this truth or a hoax?

What Happened to the Lost Colony?

David LaVere, a North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar, will address this mysterious topic during History à la Carte: What Happened to the Lost Colony? on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 12:10 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free for this informal lecture. Bring your lunch; beverages are provided.

Hear about the society and politics of the Roanoke Indians and the English, and discover why the Roanoke colony failed and what may have happened to the colonists. LaVere, a professor of history at UNC-Wilmington, has written several books, including The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony (Burnt Mill Press, 2011). Copies are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

The Feb. 13 program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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About the North Carolina Museum of History

The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.