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  • Monument Name

    Adam Sherril and Sons, Sherrills Ford

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Colonial History

  • City

    Sherrills Ford

  • County

    Catawba

  • Description

    The monument to Adam Sherrill and his sons is an arched top granite tablestone with a rusticated finish except for a finished area on the front with the incised inscription. It stands six-feet tall, is three-feet wide and reported to weigh five tons.

  • Inscription

    THIS BOULDER / COMMEMORATES / THE CROSSING OF THE / CATAWABA RIVER BY / ADAM SHERRILL / THE PIONEER / WITH HIS EIGHT SONS / AND OTHERS IN 1747, / AT THE FORD / WHICH BEARS HIS NAME.

    ERECTED BY HIS DESCENDANTS / AUG. 2, 1929

  • Dedication Date

    August 2, 1929

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.619630 , -80.986040 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Adam Sherrill," Find A Grave, www.findagrave.com, (accessed July 25, 2017) Link

      “Marker to Be Erected in Memory of Adam Sherrill,” Statesville Record and Landmark (Statesville, NC), June 17, 1929

      “Sherrill,” The Family Genealogy Website, history.loftinnc.com, (accessed July 25, 2017) Link

      “Sherrill’s Ford Named for Catawba Pioneer, Adam Sherrill Crossed River In 1747 and Built Homestead on West Bank,” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), March 18, 2007

      “The Sherrill Clan Unveils Monument,” Statesville Record and Landmark (Statesville, NC), August 5, 1929

      “Volunteers Working to Save Past for the Future,” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), January 9, 1986

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Descendants of Adam Sherrill

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Over 500 members of the Sherrill clan were in attendance for services at the local school auditorium. The Rev. W.L. Sherrill of Charlotte presided and Kemp P. Nixon of Lincolnton delivered the primary address. At noon, the services adjourned to reconvene at the marker location where a child, James Sherrill, pulled the cords to reveal the memorial. A picnic dinner was served afterwards.

  • Subject Notes

    Adam Sherrill brought his family by wagon down from Virginia into the Catawba Valley in 1747. They are thought to be the first white settlers to cross the Catawba River and live in what is now Catawba County. They forded at a spot where three islands made the dangerous passage easier, reportedly after Sherrill saw buffalo crossing there. This spot came to be called Sherrill’s Ford. Among Sherrill’s party was a slave named Vaul who would also have been the first black to settle in the county.

  • Location

    The marker stands near the road on the large front lawn of a house at 8172 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford, NC

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stands on a front lawn, with several mature trees behind it.

  • Former Locations

    The marker was originally located at Sherrils Ford on the Catawba River. This site is now covered by Lake Norman which was created in 1962.

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