Monday, November 21, 2011

Ocracoke and the Lost Colony

We have just published our latest Ocracoke Newsletter. This month I share information about the role Ocracoke played in the earliest English voyages of exploration and colonizations to the New World. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Your blog of several days ago about Kenny Balance prompts me to ask what are the relationships among Kenny, Alton, Lawrence and Maurice (sp?) Ballance? Is there a Eugene Ballance? Who else is in that extended family?

  2. Lawrence, Maurice (pronounced "Morris"), and Elisha Ballance were brothers. Their sister was Elsie. Kenny & Alton are Lawrence's sons; Kathy is his daughter. Gene is Elisha's son. So was Reggie. Lynette is his daughter. Judy Queen is Maurice's daughter. Martha & Agnes are Elsie's daughters. Going farther afield gets too compicated for a simple comment!

  3. Anonymous4:55 PM

    Great newsletter! Can't thank you enough for the obvious amount of time you put into it.

  4. Anonymous9:44 PM

    You left out the part about the colonists leaving the island because there were no public restrooms available. They spent hours roaming the streets and were so offended that they left and got lost on their way home never to be seen again.

    If only there had been more public restrooms. Some historians believe that Ocracoke would have been developed faster and would today be the largest metropolitan area in the entire U.S. It would have served as the world center of trade and commerce, culture and education. Perhaps it would have become the political center of the nation as well. But, because of the lack of potties the island is just the humble home to 800 year round residents today.

    The Lost colony was never found. Rumor has it that the ghosts of this once great people group still continues to haunt state rest areas in eastern NC to this day.

  5. Anonymous6:33 AM

    Impressive imagination, Anon 9:44 PM.

    I don't agree with you, but you have quite the imagination.