On this site, in July - August, 1585 (O.S.), colonists, sent out from England by Sir Walter Raleigh, built a fort, called by them"The New Fort in Virginia"
These colonists were the first settlers of the English race in America. They returned to England in July, 1586, with Sir Francis Drake.
Near this place was born, on the 18th of August, 1587,Virginia Dare,the first child of English Parents born in America - daughter of Ananias Dare and Eleanor White, his wife, members of another band of colonists sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587.
On Sunday, August 20, 1587, Virginia Dare was baptized. Manteo, the friendly Chief of the Hatteras Indians had been baptized on the Sunday preceding. These baptisms are the first known celebrations of a Christian Sacrament in the territory of the thirteen original United States.
In memory, too, of our founder and first president, Edward Graham Daves.
Erected by the Roanoke Colony Memorial Assoc'n,Nov. 24, 1896.
Graham Daves, President
John S. Bassett,Sec'ty & Treas.