North Carolina is known as the birthplace of outdoor dramas in the United States.
It all began with North Carolina playwright Paul Green. He wrote “The Lost Colony” to tell the history of the first colony in the new world. The outdoor drama opened in 1937.
Since then, other outdoor dramas have popped up throughout the state. These dramas include:
• The Lost Colony in the Waterside Theatre in Manteo. It runs through Aug. 23. It tells the story of the first English settlers in the new world and their struggles in the Outer Banks to make a life for themselves. For more information and admission, go to the lostcolony.org or call 252-473-6000.
• Unto These Hills in the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. It runs through Aug. 17. Witness the tragedy and triumph of the Cherokee people’s history leading up to the Trail of Tears when many were forcibly removed from their homelands. For information and admission, go to cherokeehistorical.org or call 828-497-2111.
• Horn in the West in Daniel Boone Park in Boone. It runs through Aug. 10. Relive North Carolina’s Revolutionary War history through the eyes of the legendary Daniel Boone. For more information and admission, go to horninthewest.com or call 828-264-2120.
• Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend at Historic Fort Hamby Park in Wilkesboro. It runs through July 27. A lover’s triangle becomes one of the country’s first publicized crimes of passion, made famous by the Kingston Trio’s ballad. For more information and admission, go to bleumoonproductions.com/tom-dooley.html or call 336-426-2538.
• From This Day Forward in the Old Colony Theatre in Valdese. It runs through Aug. 10. Experience the struggles and joys of the Waldenses as they leave their home in the Alps to come to North Carolina to found the town of Valdese and protect their religious freedom. For more information and admission, go to oldcolonyplayers.com or call 828-522-1150.
• Miracle on the Mountain in Crossnore in Sloop Amphitheater in Crossnore. It runs through July 26. It recounts the story of Crossnore School’s founder Mary Sloop as she and her husband, Dr. Eustace Sloop, brought education, medicine, highways and electricity to the western North Carolina mountains in the 1900s. For more information and admission, go to www.crossnore.org.
• Sword of Peace in Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in Snow Camp. It runs through Aug. 9. It is a dramatic portrayal of the American Revolution that shows the struggles of the peaceful Quakers in time of war. For more information and admission, go to www.snowcampdrama.com or call 336-376-6948.