Jonesville prepares for historic trail markers

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

August 11, 2013

Jonesville is preparing to bring historic markers to a historic place.

Jonesville’s Mineral Springs Park is preparing to place trail markers along a section of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Trail. The trail includes Jonesville in its journey from North Carolina to Kentucky.

The markers are based on an illustration by Mariam Hurford.

Jonesville’s etched-wood marker will depict a hunter standing on the Mineral Springs bluff above the Yadkin River, gazing toward the distant Blue Ridge Mountains. To the hunter’s left a stream representing the Big Elkin Creek flows into the Yadkin.

Jonesville Historical Society Chair Judy Wolfe said the idea stems from an initiative by the Yadkin County Historical Society’s Andrew Mackie.

“For several years historian Andrew Mackie has attempted to map a Boone Heritage Trail between sites that existed in Yadkin County during the mid-1700s when Boone lived in the area,” Wolfe said. “These maps are to be distributed through businesses, visitor and tourism centers.”

Boone made his way several times through the county during his travels. His family famously traveled from North Carolina to Kentucky along the Wilderness Trail, but prior to leaving he roamed back and forth through the Yadkin Valley area hunting and trapping.

Jonesville trail markers will be placed along in-town colonial-era trails to accurately promote the community’s history.

Eligible trails include Iron Works Road, Tannery Trail and Highways 67 and 21 - common routes that would have been traversed by early settlers, circuit riders and troops garrisoned in Allen’s Settlement during the Revolutionary War.

Mineral Springs meets the requirements to be included.

Jonesville, originally named Allen’s Settlement, was a hub for trade and commerce along the Yadkin River. Trails connected the town to other areas, including the Fox Knob - Brushy Mountain Gap.

Wolfe hopes the markers and added exposure will put Jonesville’s rich history “on the map.”

“In the past, Jonesville has been overlooked in regional historic recognition,” said Wolfe. “When a county or regional Daniel Boone Trail association becomes a reality, we’ll be excited to join.”

“Our history and heritage are worthy of sharing,” Wolfe said.

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