The 1937 Chowan River "Dare Stone": A Re-evaluation

July 2009
North Carolina Historical Review;Jul2009, Vol. 86 Issue 3, p250
Academic Journal
The article explores the legends surrounding the Lost Colony of Roanoke, focusing particularly on a carved stone appearing to be carved in an Elizabethan period style uncovered by tourist Louis Hammond near Edenton, North Carolina in 1937. The author considers whether the stone is a hoax, or a message from colonists including Eleanor Dare, daughter of expedition leader John White. The colony was established in 1587 on Roanoke Island, North Carolina under a charter issued by Queen Elizabeth I of England to explorer Sir Walter Raleigh giving him ten years to establish a permanent colony in "Virginia." The author considers various historical theories regarding the disappearance of the colonists.


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