Andrew Lawler - The Secret Token

Join us with Andrew Lawler in conversation with Brent Lane, a member of the First Colony Foundation, who was tantamount in uncovering unseen clues on John White's 1585 Virginia Map.

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke

In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.

Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385542012
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - June 5th, 2018

*National Bestseller*

A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke