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  • Monument Name

    Ashe County Honor Roll to WWI, WWII and Prior Wars, Jefferson

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Colonial Wars

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

    War of 1812

    Mexican War, 1846-1848

    Civil War, 1861-1865

    Spanish-American War, 1898

    World War I

    World War II

  • City

    Jefferson

  • County

    Ashe

  • Description

    The monument is in honor of those from Ashe County who died in World War One, World War Two and other wars prior to World Wars. The monument has a two tiered base with an obelisk on top. The base and obelisk are constructed of rusticated stone blocks. The top of each base section consists of beveled poured concrete several inches thick. The entire structure rests on a concrete base. The base sections are 48 inches and 36 inches square. The total height is between 16 ft. and 20 ft. tall. A small light is affixed to the point of the obelisk. There are three bronze plaques attached to the base section below the obelisk. Two of the plaques list dead from World War One and World War Two. The third and smaller plaque honors all who had died in previous wars. Each plaque carries an American Legion seal above the inscriptions.

    Images: South side | North side | East side | West side

  • Inscription

    South side (facing Main St.): HONOR ROLL / ASHE COUNTY WORLD WAR TWO /
    [Left column] List of 42 names /
    [Right column] List of 42 names

    North side (facing Courthouse): HONOR ROLL / IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO / MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / WHILE SERVING IN WARS IN / WHICH THE UNITED STATES / PARTICIPATED PRIOR TO WORLD / WAR ONE

    West side: HONOR ROLL / ASHE COUNTY WORLD WAR ONE /
    [Left column] ASHELY, CHARLIE C. / BARE, CECIL / BARKER, JOHN / BROOKS, CHESTER A. / COCKERHAM, MARCUS W. / COX, FRED N. / HAM, LESTER / LEWIS, BRANT / MAHALA, LUKE P. PARSONS, EDGAR /
    [Right Column] PERRY, HARRISON / PORTER, FRANK C. / PRICE, BULA / ROARK, HEDRICK / SHEETS, WILLIAM L. /THOMPSON, ROSCOE / TUCKER, OSCO / WALLACE, WILLIAM M. / YATES, JOHN E. /
    [Bottom center] COLORED / HARDIN, SAMUEL C.

  • Custodian

    Museum of Ashe County

  • Dedication Date

    Most likely the late 1940’s

  • Decade

    1940s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.421190 , -81.470600 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Ashe County Courthouse," in "Images of North Carolina" digital collection by Ashe County Public Library and DigitalNC, http://library.digitalnc.org, (accessed November 17, 2015) Link

      "Restored 1904 Jefferson Courthouse," in "Images of North Carolina" digital collection by Ashe County Public Library and DigitalNC, http://library.digitalnc.org, (accessed November 17, 2015) Link

      “Courthouse, Jefferson, N.C.,” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (PO77), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (accessed September 30, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite and concrete

  • Sponsors

    American Legion

  • Location

    The monument is located in front of the historic Ashe County Courthouse at 301 E. Main St., Jefferson NC. It stands to the right when facing the main entrance to the building. The historic courthouse serves now as the Museum of Ashe County History.
    The Ashe County Veterans Memorial is located in front of the new Ashe County Courthouse, on the other side of Highway 221, at 150 Government Circle.

  • Landscape

    The monument stands on the front lawn, with several mature trees on both sides of the the Museum of Ashe County History.

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