Lost Colony Center to hold open house

The Enterprise, Williamston, NC, June 1, 2006

    Farm Life - The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a non-profit Society of Friends facilitating excellence in education, now occupies the old Asa Manning Farm Life School in Griffins Township, Martin County.

    To celebrate the organization's acquistion of the building, an open house is planned for June 17. There will be a lecture at 10 a.m., by Fred Willard, Director of the Center, followed by light refreshments.

    Willard will bring the public up to date on the progress of the search for the Lost Colony, what some consider the most exciting unsolved mystery in America. Many have searched for the Lost Colony over the last 419 years but none have been able to work full time on this project, until Willard got involved with the project.

    Since he became director, the organization has generated over a $1 million dollar endowment, to provide funding for the work of an archaeologist "not yet born."

    A major discovery was made in 1998 when a gold signet ring was found 56 feet from where Willard requested the field team search.

    This artifact may be the oldest English artifact ever found on North American soils. This seal ring is registered to the Kendall family in England.

    Master Kendall is on the roster of the 1585 Roanoke Voyage, under the tutelage of Ralph Lane and Sir Richard Grenville and an Abraham Kendall is on the Sir Frances Drake rescue mission at Roanoke in 1586.

    Hundreds of very early English artifacts have been found in datable strata. Three more artifacts have been found at Croatan that may date to the sixteenth century (a gun lock, a bale seal and copper and bone jewelry).

    The entire organization is run by volunteers, therefore additional help is needed for research, excavation of sites, fundraising, etc.

    To become a volunteer, please call the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research at (252) 792-3440. The next scheduled digs are: June 10 and 11 at Beechland and June 23 - July 9 at Croatan.

    To read other published articles on the search for the Lost Colony, visit www.lost-colony.com.

Photographs from top to bottom:
Fred Willard, Director of the Lost Center Center for Science and Research
George W. Ray, Endowment Director for the Center
Janice Faulkner, former North Carolina Secretary of State
William and Evelyn King, former chief of the Mattamuskeet Indian Coalition
Charles Shepherd, major researcher of the Mattamuskeet Indian Coalition

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