Yadkin County Historical Society News

Yadking Heritage Book Committee to meet

The book committee for the “Heritage of Yadkin County, North Carolina” will meet Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the Yadkin County Senior Center, 207 E. Hemlock St., Yadkinville. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare to mail the book for publication by the end of the year. Volunteers are needed to make this happen, said Andrew Mackie, chair of book committee.

In attendance will be Don Mills, publisher of the Heritage book series, from Waynesville.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Mackie, 336-428-8471, andrewmackie@yadtel.net.

Battle of Shallow Ford Commemoration

The 1780 American Revolution Battle of Shallow Ford will be commemorated on Oct. 17, 10 a.m., at the DAR Daniel Boone marker, Mulberry Fields Road, Huntsville, Yadkin County. The annual event is sponsored by the Yadkin County Historical Society, the Jonathan Hunt Chapter of the Daughters and Children of the American Revolution (DAR and CAR) and the Yadkin Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

Ann Brownlee of Salisbury will give the annual address, a representative of the Loyalist Descendants of America will speak, and a wreath-laying ceremony will conclude the event. Afterwards, participants can tour the battle field, where they can see the old Mulberry Fields Road, the mass grave of 12 Loyalists, the single Patriot grave of Capt. Henry Francis, the Big Poplar Tree, and Battle Branch. Visit her website at “Ann Brownlee The Battle of Shallow Ford.”

The battle was part of the Southern Campaign for American Independence. It was fought a week after the Battle of King’s Mountain, the turning point of the American Revolution. It was an unplanned event won by Patriots, whose victory suppressed Loyalist sentiment in the Yadkin Valley. When British Gen. Lord Cornwallis crossed the Shallow Ford on Feb. 9, 1781, in pursuit of the American Army of General Nathaniel Greene, he did not find the Loyalist support that he wanted. On March 15, 1781, Greene and Cornwallis fought the Battle of Guilford Court House, where the battle weakened the British Army to the point that Cornwallis surrendered it to American Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Oct. 19, 1781.

The event is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs. There are no restroom facilities. For more information, contact Andrew Mackie, 336-428-8471 or andrewmackie@yadtel.net.

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