OBX History Weekend: Searchers of New Horizons – Symposium & Entertainments

OBX History Weekend: Searchers of New Horizons Symposium & Entertainments, March 30th - April 2nd, 2022. Reserve your Spot!

OBX History Weekend returns Wednesday, March 30th, through Saturday, April 2nd, 2022.

The theme for this year’s free, interactive, public-oriented symposium is Searchers of New Horizons. The weekend celebrates the questers, inventors, dreamers, and pioneers whose paths included the Outer Banks.

Each day hosts different presentations, entertainments, site tours, and living history reenactments that include new information about Roanoke colonist Thomas Harriot and his remarkable discoveries; English and Native views of the Carolina Algonquians; new discoveries about the fate of the fabled Lost Colony; a new view of Sir Walter Raleigh; and groundbreaking aviators including the Wright Brothers and Sister, General Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Francis Rogallo, and more.

OBX History Weekend 2022

OBX History Weekend is an international symposium, exhibition, and series of tours and entertainments that acquaint scholars and the general public with exciting new information.

The program is designed as a gathering of scholars from around the world to discuss from their own unique perspectives the remarkable emergence of new research which is certain to stimulate excitement and discussion on the Outer Banks.

In 2022, there will be free events happening all weekend long including:

  • Searchers of New Horizons Symposium: 3 days of different presentations and group discussions led by internationally acclaimed historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.

Day 1: Thomas Harriot

Day 2: Native Americans, ‘lost colonists’ fate, and General Billy Mitchell

Day 3: Questing Aviators with Ties to the Outer Banks

All but one symposium session will be held at the Gazebo Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The Pioneer Theatre in Manteo’s Town Center will host the Aviation session on General Billy Mitchell.

Reservations are recommended for all 3 days of the Searchers of New Horizons Symposium.

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  • Searchers of New Horizons Exhibition at the Dare County Arts Council: Historic artifacts and art exhibits on historical figures discussed during the Searchers of New Horizons Symposium will be on display at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. Costumed docents will be onsite for the exhibition curated by Alexandra Klingelhofer.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 31st, 2022 at 6:00 PM with a wine and cheese reception for symposium attendees and will run for the general public Tuesday-Fridays, 10 AM-5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM-4 PM, from April 1st – 9th, 2022.

No reservations are required for exhibition visits from April 1st – April 9th.
Sign up for the Symposium to attend the Cheese & Wine Reception.

  • Specialized Site Tours: Multiple guided, specialized site tours are planned during OBX History Weekend 2022.

Wednesday’s Specialized Site Tours will be in the morning and afternoon at two locations.

At Fort Raleigh National Historic Site there will be tours of the museum, Historic Zones, and in the Visitors Center Living History Episode featuring Elizabethan Lady, Nancy Avalon in an interactive performance of Elizabethan songs and instrumentals and in the Historic Zone, Willie Balderson, Director of Living History and Historic Trades Interpretation for the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, performing his living history episode. Portraying Anas Todkill, the Jamestown colonist sent to search for survivors of Raleigh’s ‘lost colony’.
Tour Times:
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Afternoon (repeat): 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Guided tours of Wright Brothers National Memorial will include the Museum and Flight Room exhibits; Ranger-led tour of the First Flight Boulder & Flight Line; a short walk to meet the Guide at the Reconstructed 1903 Camp Buildings; climb the Wright Brothers Monument and view the December 1903 Sculpture after ranger-led tours commence.
Tour Times:
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Afternoon (repeat): 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday, Day 2 of the symposium, includes a field trip to Billy Mitchell Airstrip in Frisco in the afternoon with free, guided tours departing at 2 PM.

No reservation is necessary for guided site tours and living history episodes.

  • Questers Rendezvous: Dinner and entertainments presented by OBX History Weekend. Features light jazz and singers Laura Martier and Tschombe Selby with a live jazz band.
      • Friday, April 1st, 2022 from 6 PM – 10 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk.
      • Hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 PM
      • Dinner & show from 7:00 PM – 10: PM.
      • Reservations are $50 and tables of 10 are available for $700 per table.
      • Reservations are required. Click here to reserve a ticket and see the full dinner menu.
      • Payments are required by March 1st, 2022.
  • Vintage Aircraft Fly-Over Finale — Saturday, April 2nd – weather permitting. No reservations are required. Planes will celebrate the finale of OBX History Weekend 2022 with fly-overs visible from The Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Narrations at both sites.

Event Producers and Sponsors

Outer Banks History Weekend: Searchers of New Horizons Symposium and Entertainments event sponsors, producers, and hosts.

Outer Banks History Weekend is produced by The First Colony Foundation, Elizabeth R & Company, and The National Park Service – Outer Banks Group.

The Searchers of New Horizons Exhibition is hosted by the Dare County Arts Council.

The Presentation and Screening of the General Billy Mitchell Symposium session are hosted by Ye Olde Pioneer Theatre.

Primary Sponsors: The Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Charitable Trust, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Bryan Cultural Series, Outer Banks Community Foundation, Stan White Rentals and Construction, The North Carolina Humanities Council, and Derek & Sharon Hatchell.

Symposium historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists making presentations at the Symposium include: Karin Amundsen, Robert Anthony Jr., Robyn Arianrhod, Paul Carr, Steven Clucas, Darrell Collins, Thomas Crouch, Eric Deetz, Phil Evans, Christian Feest, Robert Fox, Alan Gallay, Ann C. Honious, Carter Hudgins, Duncan James, Eric Klingelhofer, Karen Kupperman, Brent Lane, Douglas Lantry, Nick Luccketti, Margaret Pritchard, Helen Rountree, Kim Sloan, Edward Swindell, and Billy Vaughn.