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February 2016

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Contact: Nancy Nicholls Nancy.nicholls@chowan.nc.gov Bed and Breakfast Inns within the Historic Downtown The Captain’s Quarters Inn, circa 1907, offers A Valentine’s Weekend Special featuring Stay 3 Nights, Join Us for Dinner on the 14th and Get 50% off the Third Night. www.captainsquartersinn.com; 800-482-8945 The Granville Queen Inn honors Valentine’s Day with a Friday and Saturday night stay with checkout at 11:00 AM on Sunday morning. Relax Saturday afternoon during a Valentine’s Tea for two on the Plantation Porch at 3:00 PM, served on English China (reproduction circa 1770 pattern) and Waterford Crystal in celebration of this romantic weekend. Spoil yourself with a fabulous Valentine’s Day breakfast on Sunday morning. Extend your stay through Sunday, with checkout on Monday, and enjoy a discounted Winter Weekday Rate on all rooms. The Granville Queen Inn is the ideal place anytime of the year for quiet romantic escapes. This offer requires a Friday and Saturday night stay. Don’t miss out; make reservations today! www.granvillequeen.com; 866-482-8534 Rekindle the Romance at the Inner Banks Inn with a variety of indulgent weekend packages in our charming waterfront town. Select packages include: a dozen beautifully arranged roses, a decedent platter of chocolates & chocolate dipped strawberries, chilled sparkling wine, a country breakfast for two each morning and a dining certificate for The Table restaurant. Stay through Sunday and enjoy a Jazz Brunch at The Table. Prices vary based on package selection. Design your stay at http://www.innerbanksinn.com: 757-580-8538 The Hampton Inn Romance Package features 2 Keepsake Glasses, Bottle of Sparkling Cider or Wine, Box of Chocolates, Bouquet of Fresh Cut Flowers, 2 Tickets for Edenton’s Historical Trolley Tour. Call to reserve this package 252-482-3500. Once you have booked your romantic getaway, take a few moments to explore the February events, pick what will deliver the cherished memories you are looking for and join us for what promises to be the most romantic time ever. VisitEdenton.com; 800-775-0111 For information about Edenton and Chowan County, call: 252-482-0300 or 800-775-0111 Classes at the Bead Spot Classes at The Bead Spot are by appointment during shop hours, Wednesdays thru Saturday 10am to 4pm. All classes are $20 per person plus materials. Participants can choose to learn the basics of jewelry making. Students will learn how to string and finish a necklace with a clasp and make a pair of earrings. Additional classes include: Introduction to Kumihimo – the Japanese art of braiding cord. Kumihimo II – Learn to add beads to your Kumihimo braid. Beadweaving Classes: Peyote, Herringbone, Brick Stitch, Dutch Spiral, etc – The bead weaving sessions demonstrate various techniques working with needle, thread and seed beads. 14 Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

A VIRGINIA DARE STONE FOUND IN TYRRELL COUNTY??? ... By Jimmy Fleming mrflemz@embarqmail.com FACT OR FICTION? Some years ago while researching old newspapers in our local library for some information on an article I was writing I found this jewel. A headline from The Daily Advance, March 30, 1939, proclaiming: Headstone of Virginia Dare’s Grave Found In Tyrrell County? The article read: Virginia Dare, first child of English speaking parents born in America, died at the age of 10 and was buried in Tyrrell County if a stone now reposing in the living room of the home of Thomas B. Shallington, hardly two blocks east of the Tyrrell County courthouse is authentic. The stone bears the following inscription: Virginia Dare ... B. August 17, 1587 ... D.1597 The letters, crudely formed by holes punched in the hard and uneven surface of the flinty rock are barely legible, but stand out clearly when the holes are joined with chalk. Tom Shallington, surveyor and native of Tyrrell County, and his son Billy found the stone, the central one of three, in the old graveyard across Alligator Creek from Fort Landing, long since covered by the waters of that estuary of Alligator River. The stone is about 26 inches long and weighs about 100 pounds. Tom Shallington, born in Alligator where the tradition that the Lost Colony came over to Tyrrell from Dare has been current for generations, is confident that the old ballast stone is the headstone of Virginia Dare’s grave. If the colonists had fled from the approach of the Spaniards, as Paul Green’s drama has it, what more natural direction would they have went but west? If the colonists had fled west, it must be admitted that the first dry land that they would have found on the Carolina mainland would have been in Tyrrell County. Along with the stone, Henry Alexander and Ben Spruill, reported observing coffins hewn from trees in the old graveyard in Alligator Creek at low tide. They reported that the lids of the coffins were fastened on by wooden pins such as those used by Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonists and other early settlers. This is just a brief excerpt from the very intriguing story from the Daily Advance. The story had accompanying photos of the stone, Tom Shallington, and a map of the area where the stone was found. I have heard that the stone was taken to a university in South Carolina to determine its authenticity and never returned. What a great story and just think of the historical implications. This could confirm the rumors of white men to the far south of the Jamestown, Virginia colony when it was founded in 1607. Fact or Fiction? Since finding this article about The Dare Stone I have seen more information at http://nativeheritageproject.com/2013/12/08/the-dare-stones-1-through-48/ and https://www.brenau.edu/news/docudrama-bolsters-dare-stone-credibility/. The History Channel has an episode of America Unearthed: The Mystery Of Roanoke which touches on the Dare Stones and a documentary entitled Roanoke: Search For The Lost Colony which features local researcher Fred Willard. Unfortunately none of these reference the stone said to have been found in Tyrrell County but does offer explanation of some 48 Dare Stones found around Albemarle Sound and the one stone that can’t be discredited found in Chowan County. I hope this sparks your curiosity to get online and read about the Dare Stone controversy or watch the History Channel’s shows to learn more about the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke and the Virginia Dare Stones. 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