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YouTube . . . The Secret History of the Eleanor Dare Stones

YouTube . . . The Secret History of the Eleanor Dare Stones


For 79 years, the true circumstances of the discovery in North Georgia of 28 stone tablets, apparently engraved by surviving members of the Roanoke Island Colony, have been kept a secret from the American public.  Few people know that they were actually found 85 to 43 years BEFORE the better known “Eleanor Dare Stone,” which was reportedly picked up off the ground in extreme northeastern North Carolina.  Very few people know that it was the very famous archaeologist, Robert Wauchope, who first viewed the tablets owned by the Williams Family in the Nacoochee Valley and who urged them to loan them to Brenau College for study.  Although he described his study of the Eleanor Dare tomb in his landmark book,  Archaeological Survey of North Georgia,  even most archaeologists have forgotten this fact. Practically, nobody is alive today, who knows that it was Wauchope, who contacted his former archaeology, history and geology professors at Harvard University and asked them to take the train down to Georgia to study the stone tablets that he examined in 1939.  Finally, you will be appalled at the reason why Wauchope remained silent during 1941 and 1942, when the Dare Stones became a national scandal.

This begins a series on the Dare Stones that were found in the Nacoochee Valley and along the rushing waters of the Chattahoochee River.  There story directly relates to the story of the Creek Indians.  Both sagas have been hid from the public’s view.  I will be interpolating the statements made by Eleanor Dare with the research that has been carried out by the People of One Fire since 2006.

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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.



    When I click on the link to the YouTube video, I receive a message that says the video is not available.

    • Dan, I don’t what the problem is. Other people are able to see the video. I had no trouble accessing it. However, when I went onto my private control panel for YouTube, neither the video or its playlist were listed. I can’t explain that other than maybe YouTube’s computer had gotten behind in its work.

    • I fixed the problem with not being able to access the new video. Someone screwed up at Youtube and blocked my new video, when they were trying to block the video with the privacy complaint.


    This video not available for me also……. really enjoyed those mountain photos especially after being in the flatlands for several days. And also the additional info / photos on your days in the wilderness.

    • I will contact YouTube and see what’s going on. They are notoriously slow in responding.

    • I fixed the problem with not being able to access the new video. Someone screwed up at Youtube and blocked my new video, when they were trying to block the video with the privacy complaint.


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