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  • Monument Name

    Daniel Boone’s Trail, Watauga County Courthouse, Boone

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures


    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    A rectangular cast iron plaque is attached to a stone wall at a landing along stairs leading to the current Watauga County courthouse.

  • Inscription


  • Custodian

    Watauga County

  • Dedication Date

    October 23, 1913. Rededication: October 11, 2013

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.220150 , -81.686630 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    DAR Daniel Boone's Highway Marker

  • 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)

      “Boone Court House, Altitude 3242 Ft., Boone, 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 Link

      “DAR Rededicates Daniel Boone Trail Marker,” Watauga Democrat, (Wilkesboro, NC), October 14, 2013, (accessed January 12, 2016) Link

      “North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail,” North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail, Inc., (accessed January 11, 2016) Link

      “North Carolina Joins In Boone Trail Movement,” Asheville-Gazette News, (Asheville, NC), November 10, 1914, 3

      “The Trail Taken by Boone Through State Now Marked,” News and Observer, (Raleigh, NC), July 11, 1915, 17

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Cast iron

  • Sponsors

    Edward Buncombe Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The ceremony began at 9 o’clock as not to interfere with a Masonic picnic scheduled for the same day. There was speaking and music along with the D.A.R ritual. Five young girls with Revolutionary War ancestors participated in the unveiling. Mrs. Lindsay Patterson, the chair of the Daniel Boone’s Trail committee, spoke as did Mrs. William Neal Reynolds the state regent, B.B. Dougherty, President of the Appalachian Training School and John Preston Arthur before a crowd that “packed the courthouse to the dome.”

    Seventy-eight members of the DAR from across the country on a bus tour to visit schools were in attendance at the 2013 rededication. Lynn Young, president general of the NSDAR helped lay a wreath at the marker. Historian Randell Jones spoke and during his comments praised the vision of those early DAR members who embarked on the trail project and the current members who continue to honor that heritage.

  • Subject Notes

    Daniel Boone’s marked trail begins at Boone Cave Park in Davidson County, NC, crosses the Yadkin River at the Shallow Ford near Huntsville, and ends at Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky where Boone served during the American Revolution. In 1913 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapters placed 13 markers along the North Carolina portion of the trail which mostly follows Old US Highway 421. Mrs. Lindsay Patterson of Winston-Salem chaired the project that eventually erected 45 tablets in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. At the Cumberland Gap (Tennessee) the four states combined to erect a single commemorative monument.

    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.

  • Location

    The Watauga County Courthouse is located at 842 W King Street in Boone, NC.

  • Landscape

    The iron plaque is attached to a stone wall.

  • Relocated


  • Former Locations

    The maker was originally placed on a large boulder on the grounds of the 1904 Watauga County courthouse at the same address. The new courthouse replaced the old one in 1968. The marker was placed and rededicated at its current location in 1982 and then rededicated again in 2013.

  • Rededicated


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