We need your support to continue making history come to life on the Outer Banks!

It is through the generous and committed contributions from our volunteers, members, and sponsors that we can continue to sustain this national treasure. Please consider how you can keep the dream of America alive! Visit our pages below to find details on the variety of ways you can contribute to The Lost Colony.

The Lost Colony is a living legacy. No other outdoor theatre portrays history in a more vibrant and memorable production. The Lost Colony theatre production is brought to you by the Roanoke Island Historical Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the founding of English America.

Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Roanoke Sound, The Lost Colony experience is one of captivating costumes, dramatic staging, live music and pure family entertainment. History unfolds as the story of the unsolved mystery of America’s beginnings on an island called Roanoke is told at the Waterside Theatre.

Ticket sales cover less than 50% of the cost of the production. Your support is vital to the production of The Lost Colony and the many other programs produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA).

“Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences.” ~Doris Lessing

When you include The Lost Colony in your will or other instrument of planned giving, your kindness will continue to live beyond your finite existence. Legacy gifts take many forms including:

  • Bequests
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Retained life estate
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable gift annuities

Many of these methods of giving provide you and your heirs the benefit of lower income and estate taxes. Please talk to your attorney to see what will work best for you. Schedule an appointment to chat with us about including The Lost Colony in your legacy planning. Call Bill Coleman at 252-473-2127 or email at bcoleman@thelostcolony.org.

Gifting a Seat in the historic Waterside Theatre is a thoughtful and distinctive way to honor or memorialize someone special, a loved one, family members, a business or yourself. It’s the perfect gift to commemorate a special occasion. Your gift of a seat will ensure that the legacy of The Lost Colony lives on for decades to come while also creating an enduring remembrance. With a tax deductible gift of $1,000 or more, an engraved plaque with a personalized inscription will be affixed to the seat of your choice. To learn more about Gifting a Seat at The Waterside Theatre, call Nancy Figiel at 252-473-2127, or email at nfigiel@thelostcolony.
In Kind Donations are an invaluable part of the giving that makes The Lost Colony go year after year. From archival items to automobiles, giving items is not only a great way to support us, but could help you clear out your basement or garage and provide you a nice tax write off too! We’ll keep this list updated as needs arise, but if you have something not on the list that you think we can use…give us a call!

Wish List:

  • Tools in good working condition. We ALWAYS need tools!
  • Old Lost Colony memorabilia
  • Local hotel room vouchers and rental cottages for visiting artists and guests

Public Disclosure Quicklinks

To request a copy of our full audit, call Bill Coleman at 252-473-2127.  A copy of our 2017 Annual report and our completed 2016 990 are available for download below.  For our complete financial disclosure, please visit  www.guidestar.com

2017 Annual Report
2016 RIHA 990