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  • Monument Name

    Virginia Dare Plaque, State Capitol, Raleigh

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Personal Monuments

    Colonial History

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    The marker is a bronze plaque commemorating Virginia Dare, considered the first child born in America to English parents, and the naming of the Virginia Dare Chapter of the North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Colonists. The plaque is embelished with an arc at the top containing the insignia of the Society, a bas-relief crest containing an oak tree surrounded by a laurel wreath. The four corners of the marker have bas-relief images of pine tree brances.

  • Inscription

    IN MEMORY OF / VIRGINIA DARE / BORN AUGUST 18, 1587, / ON ROANOKE ISLAND, WITHIN / THE PRESENT BOUNDARIES OF / NORTH CAROLINA. DAUGHTER OF / ANANIAS AND ELEANOR DARE, AND / GRAND-DAUGHTER OF JOHN WHITE, / GOVERNOR OF "THE LOST COLONY." / FIRST CHILD BORN OF ENGLISH / PARENTS IN THE NEW WORLD. / ERECTED BY / THE NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY / DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS / 1940

  • Custodian

    North Carolina State Capitol

  • Dedication Date

    April 1940

  • Decade

    1940s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.780670 , -78.639120 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Boyd, Sandra. "Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony: Fact and Legend," Learn NC, reprinted from Tar Heel Junior Historian 39:2 (Spring 2000), (accessed May 31, 2013) Link

      Evans, Philip W. 2006. "Lost Colony," NCPEDIA, (accessed May 30, 2013) Link

      Evans, Philip W. 2006. "Roanoke Voyages," NCPEDIA, (accessed May 30, 2013) Link

      NCSSDAC. "Historic Markers," ncssdac.org, (accessed June 3, 2013) Link

      National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. "What is a 'Daughter of the American Colonists'," About DAC, (accessed June 4, 2013) Link

      National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. Twelfth Yearbook 1940 (1940), 39, 70.

      Powell, William S. 1986. "Dare, Virginia," NCPEDIA, (accessed May 31, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Colonists

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was dedicated in April of 1940.

  • Subject Notes

    Virginia Dare is generally assumed to be the first child born in North America to English parents. Her parents were members of the so-called "Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island. She was born on August 18, 1587 to parents Ananias and Eleanor Dare and was the granddaughter of John White, leader and governor of the colony. The Roanoke Voyages of 1584 and 1587 were the result of Sir Walter Raleigh's attempts to found a British settlement in North America under Queen Elizabeth's grant of what became the Virginia colony. White returned to England for provisions only to discover the disappearance of the colonists when he arrived back at Roanoke Island in 1590. The mystery of the disappearance has earned the settlement the name of "The Lost Colony."

    The Daughters of American Colonists are a national society organized in 1921 and dedicated to research, recording, and publication of American colonial history. The North Carolina chapter was organized on June 16, 1927 as the State Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists in the Virginia Dare Room of the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh. The chapter later changed its name the North Carolina State Society Daughters of the American Colonists and selected Virginia Dare as its chapter name.

  • Location

    The marker is located on the wall inside the rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol building.

  • Landscape

    The plaque is located on the wall in the interior of the rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol. The interior of the rotunda houses other State Capitol memorials including statuary, paintings, and plaques commemorating significant events and individuals in North Carolina's history.

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