Touring Joara a European and Sports Car Tour and poker run combines cars, history, and a fair price. This one day event on Saturday November 2nd is a fundraiser for Exploring Joara Foundation. 100% of each participant’s $25 entry fee will go toward funding the foundations work. Have you ever heard of Joara? It is an important part of US history. In 1567 Juan Pardo arrived at Joara, a Native American town near present day Morganton North Carolina, to build a fort for Spain. For 18 months, 30 Spanish solders occupied the settlement before it was destroyed. Fort San Juan is recognized as the earliest European settlement in the interior of the United States and predates Sir Walter Raleigh’s “Lost Colony” by 20 years. Come and follow in the footsteps of Explorers and Patriots while enjoying some of North Carolina’s most scenic and challenging roads. The tour will visit the archaeological site at Catawba Meadows as well as other historical and interesting sites such as Fort Defiance the home of Gen. William Lenoir, patriot leader and first president of the board of directors of the University of North Carolina .Exploring Joara Foundation is a nonprofit organization located in Morganton NC that supports public archaeology in the Catawba and Yadkin river valleys. Check out our website and registration form at

We have had an exciting discovery at Joara this Summer. We found Fort San Juan!!! Please check out this link to read more about it… Medieval Spanish gold hunters? fort found in North Carolina | Fox News