Banx Bound is a series I write about places and events happening on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, affectionately known at OBX by the six million annual visitors.
For those who may not know, the Outer Banks played an intricate part in U.S. history when the English established a temporary settlement…
The First Settlement
Roanoke Colony was the first English settlement on North America located on what is now known as Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina.
Virginia Dare was the first born English colonist and for which Dare County is named. The colony was left to fend for itself after war broke out between England and Spain. When Governor, John White was allowed return with supplies, three years later, the settlers including his grandchild, Virginia Dare, had vanished.
The word Croatoan had been carved in one the fort posts and the buildings had been dismantled. It is speculated that the colonists moved to what is now Hatteras Island and integrated with friendly Native Americans. The The Lost Colony is reenacted as an outdoor drama at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Park in Manteo during May through August and will start its 77th season this year.