Fort San Juan/Joara Open to the Public Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-2pm
Our annual Field Day Event is fun for the whole family.
Your contribution will allow us to strategically grow our programs
and plan for the next 10 years.
JOIN US IN MAKING HISTORY!
Discovering our Past
For the past 10 years, the Exploring Joara Foundaton has invited the public, young and old, from near and far, to be a part of discovering our nation’s past. We have been a visible civic partner entrusted with engaging the community in helping us tell our story. This story has evolved over time from arrowheads found on local farmlands to the discovery of the Spanish Fort San Juan. Our story is literally changing history books. Did you know that nearly 20 years before The Lost Colony, 40 years before Jamestown, and 53 years before the Mayﬂower landed in Plymouth, the Spaniard Juan Pardo had built a series of six forts from the coast of South Carolina into the mountains of east Tennessee?
The Next Chapter in our Story
Our mission for the next 10 years is to build on the excitement we have created and contnue to invite everyone to be a part of this exploration. We have many more stories to tell and much of our past still to uncover. Please help us imagine our next 10 years.
A birthday gift towards our goal
will help us realize
the next chapter in our story.
Become a Member
- - Free or reduced access to special events
- - Member Days and special tour days at the Berry Site
- - Hands-on archaeology labs at the Wall Center
- - Community Days at the Catawba Meadows Living History Center
- - Academic presentations by experts in the field