Of all the things we did while we were visiting the Outer Banks, I think my favorite attraction was the Lost Colony Drama on Roanoke Island. I remember studying about the lost colony as early as my elementary school days. I’ve always loved history and this story captured my attention from the first time I heard it. What happened to those first colonists? Jamestown was the first successful English colony but the colony of Roanoke was the first actual attempt at an English colony in the New World.
In July 1587, 117 English colonists (men, women, and children) came to what is now American soil to establish the first English colony. 1n 1590, just three years later, the colonists’ governor returned from England with supplies to sustain the colony. They found the area deserted. There was no sign of the colonists except for two small clues. On an abandoned structure was written the word “Croatoan.” The letters “CRO” was carved into a tree. Now, more than 400 years later, we still have no idea what happened to that small settlement of men, women, and children. There are theories, but no one knows for certain what happened to them. [Read more…]