What Was Once Forgotten Has Been Rediscovered

A hundred years ago the Croatans called this place home. A land known as the Meeting of the Waters. Where the Cypress danced in the abundant Sound. And Whip-poor-wills made their music and a billion stars their art.

Canoes glided the silent waters and the laughter of children ricocheted off ancient oaks. A place of tranquil unspoiled beauty where Salmon Creek still twists and turns through the woodlands to open up to the Albemarle Sound. This area was known as Avoca, Indian for “The Meeting of the Waters,” the land at the juncture of Salmon Creek, the Chowan River, and the Albemarle Sound.

There is much history here. In fact, Scotch Hall is featured an issue of American Archeology magazine, the official publication of the American Archeological Conservancy.

The article details the donation of a prime waterfront home site on the banks of the Albemarle Sound by Rial Corporation, the community’s developer.

The donated site contains abundant evidence of an intact pre-history Native American settlement—dating to at least four centuries before the first English settlers reached nearby Roanoke Island in 1587.

One archeologist, Terri Russ of Environmental Sciences Inc., declared the Scotch Hall site exhibited “the greatest artifact density and preservation I’ve ever encountered.”