It was another windy day on the Outer Banks. It was sunny, but very windy nonetheless. We started with a visit to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, known primarily as the location of the “Lost Colony.” It was here on Roanoke Island that Sir Walter Raleigh sponsored England’s first attempts at a permanent settlement in North America.
Between 1584 and 1587, England made three voyages of exploration to the island. The goal of the voyage of 1587 was to establish a colony, and women and children were among the settlers. Governor John White’s daughter gave birth here to the first English child born in the New World. Relationships with the Algonquian Indians were tenuous from previous voyages, and supplies were in short supply. Governor White returned to England for relief, but could not return for three years. When he did return, he found no sign of the colonists, only the word “Croatoan” carved into a post. The fate of the colonists has never been solved. The earthen fort has been reconstructed at Fort Raleigh, and the outdoor drama The Lost Colony is performed here each summer.
|Reconstructed Earthen Fort at Fort Raleigh|
|Bridge Over Oregon Inlet|
Our favorite part of the day was visiting two of the lighthouses on the seashore, first Bodie Island and then Cape Hatteras. Bodie Island Lighthouse was completed in 1872 and is 150 feet high. The National Park Service began a major restoration project here in 2010, but work has stopped due to lack of funds. It’s a beautiful lighthouse.
|Cape Hatteras Lighthouse|
|Bodie Island Lighthouse|
|This One Is More My Size|
|This Is a Really Big Chair|