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.
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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.
Like my second home, OBX is where my many of my books are set. The premise of my paranormal novella, White Doe, plays off a mysterious Native American legend about a white deer. For a sexy fall read check out White Doe on the e-book links at the top of this page. It’s currently free on All Romance.
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Have you have ever visited the Outer Banks. If so what are your favorite things to do and see?
In my novella White Doe, currently FREE on Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lbjprju, Shane seeks refuge at a remote beach after learning his great-grandfather has died. The rangy dunes of Coquina Beach near Bodie Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina came to mind when I wrote this scene. Named for the tiny Coquina clams (Donax variabilis), the beach is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore preserve.
Coquina was listed as one of the top ten beaches in 2009 by Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. I think it is the most beautiful beach in Dare County north of Hatteras Island. It’s a photograph’s dream with lush sea oats covering tall, plentiful dunes. The beach allows four-wheel access if you obtain a permit. http://www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-driving-on-the-beach/
Hope you’ve enjoyed this Banx Bound post and will check out White Doe and visit Coquina if you visit OBX. Here’s some of my pics of Coquina Beach. Love your comments!