Bertie County is home to the newest natural area in North Carolina.
Almost 1,000 acres is being set aside for conservation and research, and it could have a connection to the Lost Colony.
The mystery of the Lost Colony is a piece of North Carolina history that's all but been forgotten, a group of settlers in the 1500s that basically vanished.
Now, there is significant proof that shows they may have passed through this area in Bertie County.
Nicholas Lucceetti is the vice president of the Lost Colony Foundation. He said, "We have evidence that suggests there were a small number of lost colonists who has established themselves here."
That evidence is mainly colonial pottery.
And, looking at the bigger picture, this area we're talking about, 995 acres along the Salmon River in Merry Hill has been donated to the state for conservation and research.
It's being donated by the Coastal Land Trust who bought it so it wouldn't be turned into commercial development.
Brian Strong works for the NC State Park System, he says, this land will stay in its natural state and eventually open up to the public for things like hiking or camping.
Strong said, "I know the governor and everyone is really excited to be able to provide this type of outdoor opportunity to the county"
And, researchers intend to keep looking for even more evidence that suggests the Lost Colony was in Bertie County.