I took this picture of the statue of Virginia Dare in the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. She was the first person of English descent born in North America. (See below to read more about her history)
Virginia Dare was part of the Lost Colony located on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The sculpture, created in Rome by Maria Louise Lander in 1859, took 100 years to eventually reach its final resting place in The Elizabethan Gardens. The beautiful marble statue, created as a tribute to Virginia Dare (who likely died as a young girl – the statue is an approximation as to what she might have looked like as an adult), spent two years at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after being in a ship which wrecked off the coast of Spain. The statue also spent some time at the residence of Paul Green, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Lost Colony.” Paul Green was born in Lillington, North Carolina, which is about ten minutes from where we live. The White Doe is a poem written by Sallie Cotten, romanticizing the fate of Virginia Dare.