The Lost Colony: America’s oldest mystery

Posted at 10:20 AM, Oct 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 10:21:36-04
MANTEO, N.C. – The woods surrounding Manteo, North Carolina hold America’s oldest secret.

In 1587, more than 100 colonists landed there in an attempt to colonize. However, within three years of their landing, they were no where to be found.

To this day, historians can not say with complete confidence what happened to the 117 souls, they now call the Lost Colonists. But those who frequent the woods, say their spirit’s still linger there. Revealing themselves only when the time is right.

“There is no doubt that people feel something when they are here,” says Bill Coleman, CEO of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. “We like to think that in our show that the ghosts of the lost colonists are protecting us and they want their story told.”

For more than 400 years visitors of Manteo, North Carolina guessed about what happened to the Lost Colonists. Did they escape inland to escape the cold winter? Were they massacred by the natives? Were they slaughtered and enslaved by nearby Spanish ships? Or, were they taken by something else?

Tune in Sunday at 11 on News 3 as reporter Allison Mechanic takes a closer look at the mystery in our backyard.