OBX History Lesson: Virginia Dare & The Lost Colony

The Outer Banks is famous for many things; wild horses, light houses, beaches and more. One big piece of American history lies right here on the Outer Banks…the mystery of the Lost Colony.

Who Is the Lost Colony?

For those who don’t know, the Lost Colony was made up of 117 men, women, and children who made the voyage from England to Roanoke Island in July of 1587 to discover the new world. The Colony established itself in the midst of a feud between Spain and England. Because of the war, the supply ships that were supposed to deliver food and necessities to the colonists never came. The colonists had disappeared by the time John White came back 3 years later to replenish their supplies. Many people have their theories about what happened to the vanished colony, but no one knows for sure.

Image via History.com

Who is Eleanor Dare?

Eleanor Dare (daughter of John White) was among the 117 colonists that came to Roanoke Island over 500 years ago. On August 18th, 1587, Elanor gave birth to a baby girl named Virginia Dare. Virginia was the first English child to be born in the new world!

via Britannica // The Christening of Virginia Dare

The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

The mystery of the Lost Colony is a huge part of Outer Banks history. So much so, that the story has been produced into an outdoor drama! This year the show The Lost Colony celebrates it’s 80th year, making it the longest running outdoor drama in America! The 80th season of the Lost Colony has been nothing short of spectacular.

Visitors to Roanoke Island NC can experience the production of the Lost Colony – America’s longest running outdoor drama and one of the country’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries.

Celebrating Virginia Dare

Each year, to celebrate Virginia Dare’s birthday, the Lost Colony holds auditions for babies to play the role of Virginia Dare in the show!

via TheLostColony.org // 1 of 4 babies selected to play Virginia Dare

Visit the Fort Raleigh National Historical Site on August 18th to celebrate at the “Virginia Dare Faire” from 10 AM to 1 PM. Make plans to see the show that night starting at 7:30 and celebrate the life of Virginia Dare all day long!