Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
October 3, 2013
Yadkin County will soon be rededicating an important area marker with a special event.
The Yadkin County Historical Society, the Daughters, Sons and Children of the American Revolution, and the Town of Yadkinville will rededicate the 1913 Daniel Boone trail marker on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The centennial ceremony will be held at the courthouse on East Main Street, Yadkinville. The marker is located against the courthouse on the Main Street side.
In case of inclement weather the event will be held in the Yadkin County Senior Center, located at 207 East Hemlock Street in Yadkinville.
Key speaker Randell Jones will start the evening with an address to the crowd. Jones is a resident of Winston-Salem and has published a book recently about Boone and his now famous markers.
“Trailing Daniel Boone: Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915” details the story of the Daughters of the American Revolution and their efforts to erect 45 monuments in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The entire trail spans 400 miles.
Much like the re-dedication Oct. 13, the DAR and public attendees gathered at each marker along the way to commemorate the addition.
Yadkinville Mayor Hubert Gregory will follow Jones by renewing the town’s acceptance of the marker.
The Jonathan Hunt Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution, the Elkin Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the David Cockerham Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution will hold a wreath laying ceremony in honor of area patriots.
Loyalist soldiers will also be recognized.
Local historian Andrew Mackie said the marker was along a varied and interesting trail Boone carved out of the wilderness.
“Boone’s marked trail begins at Boone Cave Park near Churchland, Davidson County, N.C., crosses the Yadkin River at the Shallow Ford near Huntsville, and ends at Fort Boonesborough, Ky., where Boone served during the American Revolution (1775-1783),” Mackie said. “The 400-mile trail follows mostly Old US Highway 421, also known as the Boone Trail, and passes through the Cumberland Gap. Mrs. Lindsay Patterson of Winston-Salem chaired the project that erected 45 tablets along the route. When the DAR designated the trail, Old 421 was unnamed, unpaved, and more crooked.”
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend this memorial of an area and American icon.
“Daniel Boone was an American original,” Mackie said. “He loved the outdoors, learned from the Indians, explored the American frontier beyond the Appalachian Mountains, and blazed a trail to it.”
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