Some, I confess, I would rather remain unsolved. The Loch Ness Monster. I prefer to believe Nessie is out there. Springheel Jack in England. The Montauk Monster on Long Island. The Brown Mountain Lights in North Carolina. But these are all examples of old folklore or scary campfire stories. When it comes to mysteries based in indisputable historical fact, I fear the answers won’t come until after I’m long gone.
The possibility is growing that archaeologists may solve the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island in my lifetime. The first child of English settlers born in the New World, Virginia Dare, was born at Roanoke. The situation at the colony was tense and unstable for a number of reasons. The colony’s leader, and grandfather of Virginia Dare, returned to England to report on the situation and request assistance. Governor White didn’t make it back to Roanoke Island until three years later, and on the date of his granddaughter’s third birthday, he found the colony abandoned. I’ve read that either the partial word “Croa” or the full word “Croaton” was carved into a tree or a post. The settlers were never found.
Archaeologists are still diligently trying to solve this mystery and recently made what might be some headway: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pottery-roanoke-colony_us_576adf16e4b09926ce5d6ce1http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pottery-roanoke-colony_us_576adf16e4b09926ce5d6ce1
It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a clue. Dare County is named for Virginia Dare. It’s a place I plan to visit, and one day I hope to get online and read that the fate of Virginia Dare and the settlers of the Lost Colony has been definitively solved.