Virginia Dare is one of the most influential historical figures to the Outer Banks. Dare County and Virginia Dare Trail are named in her honor. As the first English child born in the New World, her name is found in history books across America. In celebration of her 431st birthday, The Lost Colony continues its beloved tradition of casting local infants in the performance. On August 18th, six babies perform throughout the evening, appearing in different scenes. Virginia Dare Night is sponsored by First National Bank.

This year we will feature two nights with live babies as Virginia Dare! The six babies that will make their debut on Saturday, August 18th are: Susan Valerie Northrop, daughter of Margaret and Paul Northrop of Raleigh, NC; Claire Doxey, daughter of Esther and Jeff Doxey of Wanchese, NC; Kennedy Sanford Basnight-Moran, daughter of Caroline Basnight and Allen Moran of Manteo, NC; Mabel Gray Barker, daughter of Alex and Rob Barker of Manteo, NC; Nola Wrae Powell, daughter of Laurette and Brent Powell of South Mills, NC; and Hadley Mabel Basnight, daughter of Katie and Zack Basnight. The six babies that will make their debut on Monday, August 20th are: William Chesley Leavel, son of Lillie & Brandon Leavel; Sarah Bush, daughter of Crystal and Jarrett Bush; Riley Mae Penn, daughter of Monica and Bo Penn of Kill Devil Hills, NC; Porter Lane, daughter of Danielle and Derek Lane of Kill Devil Hills, NC; Evalynn Beatrice Witter, daughter of Jess and Matt Witter of Kill Devil Hills, NC; and Emma Rose Phan, daughter of Nikki and Michael Phan of Kill Devil Hills, NC. The 2018 Virginia Dare babies will be added to a long list of community members who participated in the historic drama at a very early age.

On Saturday, August 18th, come celebrate Virginia Dare’s 431st birthday at the “Virginia Dare Faire” in the field outside of the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center. Join us for games and activities from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, provided by company members of The Lost Colony and National Park Service, followed by cake from Harris Teeter.  The Virginia Dare Faire is free to the public and is sponsored by First National Bank.


About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season, sponsored by PNC, runs through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm. For tickets and information, go to or call (252) 473-6000.