John White Butterfly Center
John White came to Roanoke Island during an exciting time of exploration led by Sir Walter Raleigh with support from England’s ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth I.
When he returned from his explorations, White brought back images he sketched of plants, insects (butterflies, too) and native inhabitants of pre-colonial North Carolina.
Our gardens were created to memorialize John White and the other Roanoke colonists. The aim of our John White Butterfly Center is to protect these beautiful creatures through education and research. We hope you will join us as we continue John White’s quest of enlightenment by learning about butterflies.