Trust buys land in Bertie that could be tied to the Lost Colony

By on May 1, 2018

Initial digs in 2015 turned up English and Algonquian artifacts. (First Colony Foundation)

Near the confluence of Salmon Creek and Albemarle Sound in Bertie County, archaeologists continue to uncover artifacts that may reveal clues to the 400-year mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.

Thanks to the recent purchase of nearly 1,000 acres by the Coastal Land Trust, this magnificent land and its natural, historic, archaeological and cultural significance will be protected.

The property, which is the subject of archaeological research by The First Colony Foundation and is referred to as “Site X,” hosts a variety of significant archaeological resources.

Algonquian Indian artifacts have been found on the site. English artifacts attributable to the period and indicative of settlement by the Roanoke colonists have also been found, which some researchers say could be evidence that a group of survivors from The Lost Colony relocated to this area after leaving Roanoke Island in the late 1580s.

The 1,000 acres acquired by the Coastal Land Trust also features 3.5 miles of frontage along Salmon Creek, floodplain forests of cypress-gum swamp and bottomland hardwood forest, along with tidal freshwater marsh recognized as ecologically significant by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.

“This is the most ambitious and exciting project in the Coastal Land Trust’s history,” said Camilla Herlevich, the trust’s executive director.

“The property was previously permitted for a 2,800-unit development and a 212-slip marina,” Herlevich said. “We greatly appreciate the financing for today’s purchase, made possible with a loan from The Conservation Fund that will be repaid with public and private funding.”

“Additional funding was provided by a grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund,” said Herlevich. “Now, we must raise more than $5 million in the months to come to ensure that these irreplaceable lands and resources can be turned over to North Carolina State Parks to allow generations to come to enjoy them.”

“This project is well worth the efforts by the Coastal Land Trust. It enhances and supports the county commissioners’ commitment to protect the Albemarle Sound waterfront and to encourage ecotourism,” said Bertie County Manager Scott Sauer.

Once all funds needed to repay the loan have been raised, the Coastal Land Trust will transfer the property to the state of North Carolina’s Division of Parks and Recreation for management as the Salmon Creek State Natural Area.

Legislation authorizing creation of the new state natural area was enacted this summer by the N.C. General Assembly. Until that time, the land is subject to a farm and hunt leases and is closed to the public.

“The Salmon Creek area stands out due to its unique archaeological resources, its rich cultural history, and its truly pristine ecosystems,” said Mike Murphy, director of N.C. State Parks. “We are so grateful that the Coastal Land Trust is protecting this land so that it can become a state natural area in Bertie County, a beautiful part of our state that is currently under served by the North Carolina State Parks system.”





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  • Browny Douglss

    Truth be known, artifacts were discovered when the Chowan Bertie bridge was BEING built. It was hush hush.

    Browny Douglas

    Tuesday, May 1 @ 1:10 pm
  • hightider

    Salmon Creek is one of the prettiest areas in NE NC.

    Wednesday, May 2 @ 7:10 pm