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Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the Queen and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America. There is music, laughter, romance and dance.

The Settlement at Roanoke

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.

1584

Sir Walter Raleigh funds an expeditionary voyage from Plymouth to America to investigate whether it would be possible to set up a colony.

1585

Five ships and two pinnaces carrying the first settlers set sail from Plymouth.

1586

Food is scarce. Governor Lane sends parties to the coast and to the mainland to live on shellfish and to look for any ships.

1587

Sir Walter Raleigh organizes another expedition. This time, women and children are allowed to make the voyage.

1587

A group of friendly Croatoan Amerindians accuse the Roanoke Amerindians of killing the 15 men left by Grenville. The settlers decide to get revenge by attacking the town of Dasamonquepeuc. However, the Roanoke Indians have fled and it is the Croatoans who are attacked.

1587

The first child of English parents is born on August 18th, 1587 in the settlement to Eleanor and Ananais Dare. The baby girl is called 'Virginia'. Her grandfather, Governor White, decides to return to England for needed supplies and promises to return by Christmas. Shortly after he arrives in England, the Spanish Armada attacks and his ship is banned from returning to Roanoke Island.

1590

Three years later, Governor White is able to organize a relief expedition and returns to the colony. The supply ships reach Hatoraske, a harbor near Roanoke Island, and start to look for the settlers.

1590

At Roanoke Island, the party finds the word CROATOAN carved into the palisades, and the letters CRO carved into a nearby tree. White decides that the settlers must have moved to Croatoan.

1590

White tries to get to Croatoan but bad weather forces him to abandon the mission.

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The Lost Colony Launches New Website

The Lost Colony Launches New Website

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned The Lost Colony website. The new website offers a modern layout … read more