True Stories from Colonial North Carolina

by | Nov 2, 2022 | 4 comments

I was recently asked by Wake County Public Libraries to give a virtual Zoom presentation on fascinating but little known facts about colonial North Carolina history. In this presentation, I talked about the Lost Colony, the Tuscarora War and how it led directly to the rise of Blackbeard, and much more.

You can watch it here.

Resources from Wake County Public Libraries History Presentation


  1. Edwin Averette

    Oh this was a wonderful presentation Sara on early North Carolina history! I liked it when you pointed out the inaccuracy of the 1711 Tuscaroran War burial sign in the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort. Every time I see it I have a giggle.

    • Edwin Averette

      I recently presented at the John Lawson Legacy Days event in Grifton on Blount Hall history and talked about some of the inaccuracies regarding the family that owned it.

    • Sara Whitford

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I had so much more I wanted to say, but I still felt like the presentation ran long! There’s only so much you can discuss in a limited amount of time and it was hard narrowing it down to things that will be of interest to the normies while still covering some pretty big areas of early NC history. I’m interested in what you presented on the John Lawson subject. I have seen lots of family trees claiming to descend from Isabella Lawson and I’ve tried to trace their connections, but I’ve been unsuccessful at being able to validate what’s being claimed. Doesn’t mean it’s not true! It just means when I tried to look into it, I wasn’t finding supporting evidence. I’d love to claim descent from John Lawson, but not if it’s not true! 😄

      • Edwin Averette

        My apologies if my previous comment wasn’t clear. I presented about Blount Hall and Colonel Jacob Blount’s family, and the lost family cemetery, at the John Lawson Legacy Days event in Grifton a couple weekends ago. I thought it was relevant to mention because I also discussed discrepancies in colonial history of NC, but I couldn’t edit my comment.

        I know nothing about John Lawson’s family!


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