Four babies chosen to portray Virginia Dare in The Lost Colony on 435th anniversary of her birth

Four babies chosen to portray Virginia Dare in The Lost Colony on 435th anniversary of her birth

August 16th, 2022

The Roanoke Island Historical Association has announced the babies that will portray the first English child born in the New World during The Lost Colony’s annual Virginia Dare Night on Thursday, August 18, on the 435th anniversary of her birth.

The Lost Colony continues its long-celebrated tradition of using real babies during the August 18 performance. Being a “Virginia Dare Baby” is a coveted role in the community and many local citizens are proud to say that they once played the part.

For Virginia Dare Night only, the prop baby swaddled in blankets, is replaced with these special guests. Virginia Dare Night is generously sponsored by First National Bank.

The 2022 Virginia Dare babies that will make their debut are: Colvin Holt Rose, son of Holt and Kelsey Rose, grandson of Connie Rose, RIHA Board Member; Caroline Hope Powell, daughter of Erin and Will Powell; Nova Gray Etheridge, daughter of Jill and George Etheridge; Johnathan “Nat” Bunn, son of Ashley Ladd and Jonathan Bunn, granddaughter of Myra Ladd Bone, former RIHA Board Member.

There will be an awards ceremony starting at 8:20 p.m., which will begin with the presentation of the 2022 Virginia Dare babies and their families. The Lost Colony performance will begin shortly afterwards.

More information is available thelostcolony.org or by calling the Ticket Office at (252) 473-6000. The Lost Colony runs nightly except Sunday through August 20.

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