The Roanoke Colony was a group of settlers led by John White who settled in what is now part of North Carolina in 1585. When mysterious occurrences led to their disappearance, they become known as the Lost Colony.

First mentioned by medium Billie Dean Howard to Constance Langdon and Violet Harmon in the first season, they are the main antagonists of the sixth season, subtitled Roanoke.


Murder House

According to Billie Dean Howard, all 117 settlers died inexplicably in 1590 on the coast of what we now know as North Carolina. It became known as the “Ghost Colony” because the spirits remained. They haunted the the native tribes living in the surrounding area, killing indiscriminately. The elder knew he had to act. He cast a banishment curse. First, he collected the personal belongings of all the dead colonists. Then they burned them. The ghosts appeared, summoned by their talismans but before the spirits could cause them any more harm the elder completed the curse that would banish the ghosts forever by uttering a single word, “Croatoan”. The same word found carved on a post at the abandoned colony.[1]


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When Governor John White ventured on a supply run, his wife Thomasin was left in charge of the colonists. Rebelliouss insurgents, led by Mr. Cage, wanted to relocate the village inland for the coming winter. Thomasin refused, so the rogue colonists — including her own son, Ambrose — placed her in a scold's bridle and banished her from the colony, leaving her in the forest to starve to death. There she was approached by Scáthach, a wild witch and struck a bargain with her by eating the heart of a boar. After she regained her strength, Thomasin returned to the camp with a vengeance. After slaughtering Mr. Cage and the rest of the insurgents, she reluctantly spared her son, but reclaimed dominion over the colony, which then moved a hundred miles inland.[2]

Over time, Ambrose started to objected to the sacrifices made by Thomasin in the name of Scáthach and her pagan gods, horrified by the killing of children to "sanctify the land". He believed that his mother had turned her back on the Christian God, and soon after formed a rebellion against her. Scáthach advised her loyal servant and Thomasin, that by know went by “the Butcher” poisoned the colonist and doomed their ghosts to be tethered to the land.[3]

Since then, the Lost Colony of Roanoke haunted the area and every year honored their connection to the bloodthirsty gods by making sacrifice during the full moon of October, traditioanlly referred to as “Blood Moon.” The first recorded man to be killed on the grounds was Edward Philippe Mott, who built a mansion on the premises in 1792. From there, following owners and inhabitants found a gruesome untimely death at the hands of the Butcher and her ghostly colony.[4]

The Butcher has a business pact with Mama Polk and her family. The Polk family would deliver fresh civilians to the colony during each Blood Moon for sacrifice, and in return, the Polks would be left alone. [4]

When Sidney Aaron James decided to create a made-for-television documentary, appropriately titled “My Roanoke Nightmare“, about the horrible experiences of last owners Shelby and Matt Miller at the “Roanoke House”, all Hell broke loose.[5]



  • The inconsistencies between the story narrated by Billie Dean Howard and what is told in Roanoke through reenactment and testimonies, can be explained by unreliable sources and legends mixed with real events.
  • The Ghost Colony in American Horror Story is inspired by the real events occurred to the Roanoke Colony, the first English colony in the New World which was abandoned and the colonists never found.
  • The banishment of the Roanoke Colony by the Native American shaman is considered by medium Billie Dean Howard as the most successful attempt to get rid of ghosts in history that she knows of. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode: Birth
  2. Episode: Chapter 3
  3. Episode: Chapter 4
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode: Chapter 5
  5. Episode: Chapter 1

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