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  • Monument Name

    Daniel Boone’s Trail, Yadkinville

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures


    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The memorial consists of a rectangular cast iron plaque attached to a slightly larger stone slab embedded in the ground.

    Images: Far-off view

  • Inscription


  • Custodian

    City of Yadkinville

  • Dedication Date

    October 29, 1913. Rededication: October 13, 2013

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.134500 , -80.659130 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)

      “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

      “The Yadkin County Historical Society, Inc.,” Facebook,, Esther Johnson, September 29, 2013, (accessed January 11, 2016) Link

      “Yadkin County Courthouse—1851-1958,” 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

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Cast iron, stone

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication was attended by teachers and students of the Yadkinville Normal School with the marker being presented by Mrs. Margaret Kelly Abernathy of the Mecklenburg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). It was received on behalf of the city by W.E. Rutledge, editor of the Yadkin Ripple. Students sang “America” and “Carolina” prior to the unveiling by two students related to Daniel Boone. Mrs. Lindsay Patterson (see subject notes) was in attendance along with Mrs. William Neal Reynolds, State Regent DAR and Mrs. Edwin Overman, the society’s state secretary.

    The marker was rededicated on October 13, 2013. Randell Jones author of Trailing Daniel Boone, Daughters of the American Revolution Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915, addressed those in attendance. Mayor Hubert Gregory then renewed Yadkinville’s acceptance of the 100-year old marker.

  • 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 memorial is located right to the right side of the main entrance to the Yadkin County Courthouse, at 101 S. State Street, Yadkinville, NC. The courthouse in use in 1913 was torn down in 1958 and replaced with the current building. The Yadkin County War Memorial stands in front of the courthouse a few feet from and to the right of the front entrance.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands surrounded by evergreen and deciduous bushes.

  • Rededicated


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