Book Reviews: David La Vere’s “The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of the Lost Colony”

Digging up “The Lost Rocks”

Source: Wilmington Star News, 6-7-10

David La Vere was going through back numbers of the Journal of Southern History when he found an intriguing item from May 1938.

A team of Emory University scholars had examined a 21-pound rock found near the Chowan River in northeastern North Carolina – probably a ballast stone from an early English sailing ship.

Scratched on the stone, in Tudor English, was what seemed to be a message from Eleanor Dare, one of Sir Walter Raleigh’s “lost” Roanoke colonists of 1587, telling her father what had happened to the colony and where to find the survivors.

“It was written by this Dr. Pearce, who seemed so authoritative,” said La Vere, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “I just had to wonder, why had I not heard of this?”

The reason – which La Vere recounts in his new book “The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of the Lost Colony” (Dram Tree Books, $19.95) was that Emory historian Haywood Pearce Jr. collected other stones, also purporting to have been written by Eleanor Dare…. READ MORE

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