Manross Library in Forestville
In August of 1587, British settlers started a colony on Roanoke Island off the coast of what is now North Carolina. The settlers established relations with the local tribes, built a fort, planted crops, looked for gold, fornicated and took what did not belong to them. Pretty typical stuff for the time. However, by 1590 the settlers completely vanished without a trace. Their disappearance remains a mystery.
But the mystery about the Lost Colony does not end there. According to several sources, a book about the Roanoke Colony available at the Manross Library has met a similar fate and librarians are worried.
No one recalls the author or the name of the book about the Lost Colony but everyone agrees it was on the shelf, and kept under a watchful eye. However the book went missing in 2010 and oddly enough volunteers assigned the task of searching for the book went missing too. As a result, investigators from the British Museum in London and the National Geographic Society believe the events are connected so they are here in Forestville investigating.
When librarians first discovered the manuscript missing the only clue was the book was not in its designated slot. Then the library catalogue card containing the book’s information went eerily missing. Things then started to get weird.
The word “basement” was found carved on a pillar in the nonfiction section. And later, an unmarked storage box was located with no contents but it showed apparent signs of a struggle.
Determined to find the book, librarians ordered the volunteers to descend into the basement armed with only a map and a flashlight. Hopes were high.
The volunteers were never seen again.
What happened to the book? Was it misfiled? Was it stolen? Did it ever exist? And what happened to the volunteers?
Bernard Peasley from the British Museum in London postulates something nefarious is afoot, “Roanoke settlers disappear without a clue. A book about the Roanoke settlers disappears without a clue. And volunteers sent looking for missing book about the Roanoke settlers disappear without a clue. You have to be clueless to think these events are not connected.”
Mr. Peasley said he and his colleagues are committed to finding the missing book and the volunteers, “I will not leave Forestville until I have the answers or I go missing too.”