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Youtube . . . A beautiful little video about Eleanor Dare

Youtube . . . A beautiful little video about Eleanor Dare


As I just wrote Marilyn Rae personally,  it never would have been possible for me to figure out the 28 authentic Eleanor Dare stones found the the Chattahoochee River Valley had not she contacted me in mid-2013 about a book she had found in the “Fastansy-Utopia” bin at the Carter Brown Memorial Library.  The 356 year-old book by the Rev. Charles de Rochefort was filled with descriptions of the Southeast in the 1600s that were radically different than what all textbooks taught.  While investigating Rochefort’s book, I splurged and purchased the last copy of An Archaeological Survey of Northern Georgia by Robert Wauchope.  The rest is history.

A big thank you to all POOF members out there, who are constantly feeding me new information.  I think that you will find Part Two of our series on the Roanoke Colony, fascinating.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Very nice. Loved the music Mr. Richard set a nice flavor for the time period.


    All of this make so much more sense now! Thank you, Mr. Thornton.

    • You are quite welcome. I had to redo the video yesterday because I found out more information about archaeologist Robert Wauchope’s activities in the Nacoochee Valley. It made me 100% convinced that the survivors of the Roanoke Colony did settle in the Nacoochee Valley.


    Hey Richard,
    I seem to remember in one of your earlier articles on the Dare Stones you thought the colonist may have come this way because they knew that the French colony of Melliot was in this area. Have you found anything since to support this idea? You also thought that a fort/ trading post might have been on this site. Is there any thing new on that line of thought ? Could the French have been responsible for the high king converting to a Christian ? I would think if the Spanish were involved the king would be Catholic, not to mention they hated the Spanish for good reasons. I’m really enjoying the you tube channel, thanks for taking the time to do that it really helps bring history to life.

    • There is no mention of the French or Melilot on the Dare Stones, but remember the Roanoke Colonists were coming through 25 years after the French were given sanctuary. Most or all of the full-blooded French might have been dead by then. The King in the Nacoochee Valley may have been half-French, but we don’t know that either. Charles de Rochefort specifically stated that the French converted the High King to Christianity. However, most of the commoners went back to their old traditional religions rather than adopting Christianity. The Spanish fort in the Nacoochee Valley was built in 1646 . . . 65 years after the Roanoke colonists came through. Until the mid-1600s, the Apalache fought the Spanish. There was a more enlightened Florida governor in 1645, who treated the Apalache as humans. However, there is no evidence that the Apalache became Catholics. The Apalache living in Palachicola near Savannah considered themselves Christians, but worshiped in the open air.


    Hi Richard, Well at last I managed to get About Eleanor Dare on U
    tube. Thanks. I will now try some of your other U tube articles. By the way , my favourite saying is, you never know what you are walking on. Or what lies beneath. Those Eleanor Dare stones look very interesting.

    • Great! I couldn’t understand why you couldn’t access Youtube when the government of Crete was advertising on YouTube! LOL


    Richard, this blogg and video is so awesome. How wonderful to know more about Eleanor Dare. Thank you so very much for
    unraveling some of the mystery behind the stories.

    • Thank you! Let’s hope the people living in White County, GA will take the ball and run with it. It is a fascinating story.


    Most informative.


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