WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 2ND, 2009
WHERE: O. P. OWENS AGRICULTURE BUILDING, LUMBERTON, NC
PUBLIC IS WELCOME * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
TOPIC: THE SURVIVAL OF THE LOST COLONY: THE UNTOLD STORY by William V.
At 2pm on Saturday, May 2nd, the guest speaker at the Robeson County
Historical and Genealogical Society monthly meeting in Lumberton will be
William V. Pate, resident of Hope Mills and author of “*The Survival of the
Lost Colony: The Untold Story*”. The public is invited to attend and to
purchase an autographed copy of Mr. Pate’s book at a reduced price.
Mr. Pate examines the suppositions given for the disappearance of members of
Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island in 1587. Most
historians have theorized that, after they stayed behind when their ships
sailed back to England for supplies, the colonists were murdered by hostile
savages [meaning unChristian people] or died of starvation. Most North
Carolinians hold to the theory that these colonists survived by being
assimilated into the local Croatoan Indian tribe.
In his 33 years of research, Mr. Pate examined countless documents of the
period, many written by men of authority on the expedition. His book
provides verbatim transcriptions followed by his comments on the insights
they provide for solving this mystery.
The author’s prints and lists of the people & places connected to this
colonization are an unexpected benefit for readers. He includes tales handed
down by local Indians that Virginia Dare, the first person born in the
Roanoke colony, lies buried near the base of a several-hundred-years-old
tree in Robeson County. Of special interest to Robesonians will be the DNA
project that many expect to provide a definitive answer to part of this old
The program will be held in the O.P. Owens Agriculture Center Auditorium at
455 Caton Road, which is just west of Interstate 95 between Highways 72 and
711 in Lumberton (next to the Robeson County Health Department). To
accommodate the public, the speaker will precede the meeting.
UPDATE: Hat Tip: Joy King
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