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  • Monument Name

    Daniel Boone with Hunting Dogs, Appalachian State University, Boone

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures

    Geography

    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Sherry Edwards, Sculptor

  • City

    Boone

  • County

    Watauga

  • Description

    The bronze sculpture depicts Boone in a camp setting with two hunting dogs at his side. Boone is sitting on a log before a fire ring with his Pennsylvania long rifle resting against his proper left shoulder. He is clad in a hunting shirt and trousers, moccasins and a broad brimmed hat. He is also wearing a powder horn, pouch and patch knife. His waist sash holds a hunting knife and a tomahawk sticks in the log upon which he sits.

  • Custodian

    Appalachian State University

  • Dedication Date

    After January 1999

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.214410 , -81.682570 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Jones, Randell. Trailing Daniel Boone, Daughters Of The American Revolution Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915, (Winston-Salem, NC: Daniel Boone Footsteps, 2012)

      Van Noppen, Ina W. 1979. "Boone, Daniel," NCpedia.org, (accessed January 10, 2014) Link

      “Daniel Boone and his Hunting Dogs - Boone, North Carolina,” Waymarking.com, (accessed January 20, 2016) Link

      “Daniel Boone’s Local Travels Discussed on TV Program,” Appalachian State University, University News, http://www.news.appstate.edu, January 19, 2000, (accessed February 10, 2016) Link

      “Sherry Edwards,” Tripod, (accessed January 20, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Cast bronze

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The sculpture was commissioned for the year-long bicentennial celebration for the founding of Appalachian State University in 1999. Its exact dedication date was not determined.

  • Subject Notes

    The sculpture is a realistic representation of Daniel Boone and not the coonskin cap, fringed buckskin wearing figure as often depicted. The sculptor, Sherry Edwards, was acting chair of the Art Department at Appalachian State University when she began work on this project for the university’s centennial celebration year of 1999. She died in January 1999 before seeing its completion.

    Daniel Boone is famous for exploring the American frontier beyond the Appalachian Mountains. He blazed one of the trails that opened up areas west of the Appalachian’s to increased European settlement. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1734, lived in the Yadkin Valley, North Carolina from 1752-1769, where he married Rebecca Bryan, raised a large family, and traded animal furs. He died in Missouri in 1820 and is buried in Kentucky. Daniel Boone was said to never travel without his hunting dogs.

  • Location

    The statue is located in Tomlinson Park which is located on the corner of River Street and Stadium Drive on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. The statue faces River Street near a life size bronze statue of the Appalachian State Mountaineer mascot.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on the lawn by shady trees and shrubbery.

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