Dare Stone

tjadams

Ad Honoris
Mar 2009
25,362
Texas
#1
In 1937 a stone with several lines of inscription carved into it was found by Louis Hammond.
He discovered the stone at a site about 65 miles west of the famed Roanoke Island. Aside from the carved writing on the stone,
were the initials EWD, which seemed to point to it being Eleanor White Dare, daughter of Governor John White.

The stone's inscription told of an Indian attack in 1591 that killed many of the colonists.
What do you think? Real? or Fake?
 
Mar 2010
2,141
Baltimore, Maryland
#5
Who knows? There have been other stones of that sort which have been bogus and the story that there was an attack on the Roanoke colonists is one of the plausible answers to the "Lost Colony" and its so-called mystery. One has to wonder --- a straggling group of colonists, on the run, stop somewhere in the wilderness to carve stones. These are people that didn't have a stone carving culture when they were settled; why would they start it while fleeing from some awful situation.

What bothers me about these "Lost Colony" fables is that they seem to be so deliberately contrived to help tourism in the Outer Banks. I have vacationed in that area many times; they have a big business in the parks on Roanoke I, the Lost Colony musical show and all the buyable stuff (books, mugs, t-shirts, toys for kids, etc). It's important to the local economy that the Lost Colony mystery never be solved; it it were, they would have to change the name of the performance to something like "The Killed-Off Colony" or "The Died of Boredom Waiting for Rescue From Britain Colony". Lost is so much more appealing.

The likely fate of E Dare and the rest of the colonists, is far more mundane. Many were killed off in an Indian raid, others continued to be extremely ill-prepared for life in N America and either perished or moved in with Native tribes who were not such Euro-wannabees.
 
Jun 2012
4,014
USA
#6
That really is one of those stories that I very much wish was real, but I mostly doubt it. It reminds me a little of the Kensington Stone. I would like to believe it because it was about the first European American native, if that makes sense. Virginia Dare is historically important for that reason, but also because we don't know what happened to the colony.
 

tjadams

Ad Honoris
Mar 2009
25,362
Texas
#7
What stumps my mind about it all, is, it just might, maybe, be true.
The Historian in me cannot just reject it all, in full, since if we don't know
for sure what happened to the colonist, maybe, just maybe, the stone is
legit. Guess I'm a Historian-hoarder.
 
Jun 2012
4,014
USA
#8
What stumps my mind about it all, is, it just might, maybe, be true.
The Historian in me cannot just reject it all, in full, since if we don't know
for sure what happened to the colonist, maybe, just maybe, the stone is
legit. Guess I'm a Historian-hoarder.
Another thing I dislike is this carbon-dating kind of thing they say doesn't work that well on rock carvings. That only leaves us asking.
 

Fiver

Ad Honorem
Jul 2012
3,653
#9
The Dare Stones were produced by 4 men with criminal records who knew each other. The Stones contain words not yet coined when they were supposedly carved and words that would have had different meanings then. Spelling showed a consistency not found in any period documents. Obviously, they are hoaxes.
 

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