Take a step back in time to a golden age in English history when you visit the Elizabethan Gardens in North Carolina. Come enter the time period when Queen Elizabeth I was the reigning monarch of England, and the first English colony attempted to settle in America. Explore the adventure, history, and sparkling blue ocean views in the Outer Banks when you book one of Atlantic Realty’s vacation rentals. The Outer Banks has something for all interests, and the Elizabethan Gardens are the perfect vacation activity for history buffs.
The History Behind the Elizabethan Gardens
The Elizabethan Gardens are a memorial to the Roanoke colonists who lived on the site 400 years ago. This was the first English colony on American soil, but it did not last long. Shortly after the first English person was born in America, her grandfather returned to England for more supplies. He returned to find the colony abandoned and to this day, nobody is sure what happened to them.
During this time, Queen Elizabeth l was the ruler of England and the gardens are as authentic to that period as possible. Construction of the Elizabethan Gardens began on June 2, 1953, which is the exact date of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Elizabethan Gardens opened to the public on August 18, 1960, which was the birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English person to be born in America.
Admire the gorgeous bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth I. Her parents were the controversial King Henry VIII, and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Queen Elizabeth’s 45-year reign was among the most popular in English history.
Visit the marble statue of Virginia Dare that Maria Louise Lande sculpted in 1859.
Explore the Sunken Garden, which features an antique fountain with stonework from 16th-century Italy.
Check the events page for upcoming events like the seasonal Virginia Dare birthday celebration.
Educational group tours are available for guests who want to experience the Elizabethan Gardens with guidance from a knowledgeable tour guide.
Plan your next vacation in a place booming with history and gorgeous ocean scenery. Book your stay today with Atlantic Realty and choose from our selection of luxury vacation rentals, with many options featuring amenities such as hot tubs and oceanfront pools.
The Lost Colony debuted on July 4, 1937, during the Great Depression. Despite the hardships many people faced, it was a full house! The show was only going to last one summer. However, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt saw the show, it created national interest that assured its continuation.
Fast forward to 2022, The Lost Colony is now celebrating its 85th anniversary at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theater. It is the longest running outdoor symphonic drama! The season started on May 27, 2022, and will conclude on August 20, 2022. Don’t miss your chance to experience American history!
Where to Stay
While getting your tickets, don’t forget to find a place to stay! Atlantic Realty has many great OBX vacation rental options that will exceed your expectations! We offer vacation rentals across the Outer Banks, from budget-friendly options to luxury condos.
The Story Behind The Lost Colony Play
The mystery of the lost colony has sparked curiosity among historians and inspiration for TV shows, movies, and the annual play. The mystery began in 1587 when 117 pilgrims created the first English colony on Roanoke Island. Shortly after, Virginia Dare became the first English child born on American soil on August 18, 1587. Virginia’s grandfather, John White, returned to England 10 days after her birth to get more supplies. He never saw his granddaughter again.
He returned on his granddaughter’s third birthday to find the entire colony abandoned. The carvings “CROATOAN” and “CRO” were the only explanation left behind. Before he could explore further, a storm damaged his ship. He returned to England and never raised enough money to go back to Roanoke Island.
5 Theories Of The Lost Colony Of Roanoke
John White assumed the carvings meant that the Roanoke colony moved inland to Croatoan, or south to what is now Hatteras Island.
The Dare Stones are engravings from Roanoke survivors, with only the first stone found appearing authentic. It said due to illness and war with neighboring tribes; the colony dwindled to just 24 people who fled inland.
Historians Hugh Talmage Lefler and Albert Ray Newsome believe the Roanoke colony sailed back to England and got lost in the Atlantic ocean. In their book North Carolina: The History of a Southern State, theywrotethat John White left a boat for them.
Atlantic Realty Rentals
We have plenty of rental options within easy driving distance to Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theater and other historical landmarks. Make sure to book your vacation rental through Atlantic Realty today to experience the history of the Outer Banks yourself!
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