Near Manteo in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The New Fort in Virginia / Virginia Dare
These colonists were the first settlers of the English race in America. They returned to England in July, 1586, with Sir Francis Drake.
Near this place was born, on the 18th of August, 1587,
On Sunday, August 20, 1587, Virginia Dare was baptized. Manteo, the friendly Chief of the Hatteras Indians had been baptized on the Sunday preceding. These baptisms are the first known celebrations of a Christian Sacrament in the territory of the thirteen original United States.
In memory, too, of our founder and first president, Edward Graham Daves.
Erected by the Roanoke Colony Memorial Assoc’n, Nov. 24, 1896.
Graham Daves, President
Erected 1896 by Roanoke Colony Memorial Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Forts and Castles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is October 24, 1822.
Location. 35° 56.244′ N, 75° 42.54′ W. Marker is near Manteo, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from National Park Drive, 3 miles U.S. 64. The marker is near the main entrance to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, three miles north of Manteo, NC. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo NC 27954, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Light of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); A Civil War Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); A Legacy of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); English Explorers' Earthwork (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reconstructed Past (about 300 feet away); Thomas Hariot Trail (about 400 feet away); Joachim Gans (approx. 0.3 miles away); R. A. Fessenden (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manteo.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,077 times since then and 209 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.