Coven of the Black Sun

The Coven’s earliest records of a presence in North America are tied to a settlement of 115 English colonists who in or about 1585 established a colony on Roanoke Island in what is now modern North Carolina. Two years later a subsequent voyage to the settlement found the colony had vanished. There is evidence that the settlers engaged in an argument and split into two groups. It is speculated that the argument arose when part of the group succumbed to illness. When other members of the group rendered aid to the ill, using herbal remedies, accusations of Witchcraft arose. As it turns out the accusations were correct, and the settlers split into two groups. It is ironic that the colonists left England over religious persecution and ended up dead for the very same reason.

As the group, (or more accurately, the group containing witches) moved deeper inland, they appear to have eventually settled near what is now Williamsburg, Virginia. The region sustained significant population growth and by 1699 Williamsburg had emerged as the Capital of the Virginia Colony. It was during this early developmental period that the Coven felt the pressure of population encroachment and in 1700 a splinter group was sent to Ephrata, Pennsylvania (incorporated in 1732 by Johann Beissel) to build a community. Constant communication evolved between Ephrata, Williamsburg, and European Covens leading to significant immigration. By the time of the American  Revolution, Ephrata had become untenable as a community base; the Coven sold their land at a reasonable profit and moved to West Virginia where the first lodge and compound complex were constructed. The Compound has since been moved to Tennessee and in late 2020 a second Compound was constructed in Alabama. The Coven holds smaller Lodges and accommodations throughout the region known as Appalachia.