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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Haywood County, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Haywood County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Haywood County, NC (47) Buncombe County, NC (141) Henderson County, NC (79) Jackson County, NC (26) Madison County, NC (21) Swain County, NC (68) Transylvania County, NC (43) Cocke County, TN (17) Sevier County, TN (107)  HaywoodCounty(47) Haywood County (47)  BuncombeCounty(141) Buncombe County (141)  HendersonCounty(79) Henderson County (79)  JacksonCounty(26) Jackson County (26)  MadisonCounty(21) Madison County (21)  SwainCounty(68) Swain County (68)  TransylvaniaCounty(43) Transylvania County (43)  CockeCountyTennessee(17) Cocke County (17)  SevierCounty(107) Sevier County (107)
Waynesville is the county seat for Haywood County
Adjacent to Haywood County, North Carolina
      Buncombe County (141)  
      Henderson County (79)  
      Jackson County (26)  
      Madison County (21)  
      Swain County (68)  
      Transylvania County (43)  
      Cocke County, Tennessee (17)  
      Sevier County, Tennessee (107)  
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1North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — P-81 — Arnold Guyot1807~1884
Geographer who measured elevation at sites in western N.C., 1856~1860, including Hominy Creek Gap near here & Mt. Guyot, 25 mi. N.W.Map (db m198719) HM
2North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — Cradle of Forestry
Nestled in the valley below is the Cradle of Forestry in America, the birthplace of science-based forest management and a living legacy made possible by George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate. Some 87,000 acres of the Vanderbilt's . . . Map (db m123232) HM
3North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — P 83 — Garden Creek
Cherokee villages and mounds 1/3 mile west a key site for archaeologists. Occupied from 8000 B.C. to 1600s A.D.Map (db m75502) HM
4North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — Haywood County World War II Monument
This Monument is Dedicated to the Men and Women of Haywood County who served during World War II and to those who gave their lives in defense of our country. A nearby stone marker lists local World War II Congressional Medal of Honor . . . Map (db m19948) HM
5North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — Locust Field CemeteryConfederate Rendezvous
The first Locust Old Fields Baptist Church was established here in 1803. It was among the first churches established west of Asheville. Although the original building no longer stands, it served the small community here for many years as a house of . . . Map (db m75504) HM
6North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — P-19 — Morning Star Church
Organized by German Lutherans about 1825; Methodist since 1866. Is 2½ miles south.Map (db m17098) HM
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7North Carolina, Haywood County, Canton — P-40 — Rutherford Trace
The expedition led by Gen. Griffith Rutherford against the Cherokee, Sept. 1776, passed near-by along Hominy Creek.Map (db m17096) HM
8North Carolina, Haywood County, Clyde — Clyde High School1918-1966 — “Home of the Clyde Cardinals” —
This building is the last of three located on this site where students attended Clyde High School during 48 years of existence.Map (db m187519) HM
9North Carolina, Haywood County, Clyde — Mount Zion United Methodist Church
Built 1882 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m187620) HM
10North Carolina, Haywood County, Clyde — The Armed Forces from Clyde Town-ship
In Memory of the members of the armed forces from Clyde Town-ship who gave their lives for their country. Erected by the Town of Clyde, its citizens, and the Chamber of Commerce. World War I PFC. Melvin Rhinehart World War II CPL . . . Map (db m19392) WM
11North Carolina, Haywood County, Clyde — The Shook House
Home of Jacob Shook and Preaching place of Francis Asbury, pioneer bishop of American Methodism. "After crossing other streams, and losing ourselves in the woods, we came in about 9 o'clock at night to Vater Shuck's. What an awful day!" Asbury's . . . Map (db m33716) HM
12North Carolina, Haywood County, Cove Creek — P-51 — "Cataloochee Trail"
Indian path across the mountains used by early settlers and in 1810 by Bishop Francis Asbury. Trail passed nearby.Map (db m11923) HM
13North Carolina, Haywood County, Crabtree — P-85 — No-till Farming
State’s first no-till crop planted in 1962. Method since widely adopted. Field was 300 yards northeast.Map (db m173316) HM
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14North Carolina, Haywood County, Lake Junaluska — P-50 — "Cataloochee Trail"
An old Indian path across mountains used by early settlers and in 1810 by Bishop Asbury. Trail passed nearby.Map (db m11812) HM
15North Carolina, Haywood County, Lake Junaluska — Lambuth Inn
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m187807) HM
16North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — Bishop Francis Asbury — 1745 - 1816 —
. . . Map (db m17350) HM
17North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — Browning Knob
Named in honor of R. Gerry Browning, 1884 – 1966. Location and Claims Engineer and Parkway Consultant for North Carolina State Highway Commission, 1925 – 1964. His forceful presentation of the high quality scenery found in North . . . Map (db m58935) HM
18North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — P-26 — Felix Walker
Revolutionary officer, member Congress, 1817-23, where, in "talking for Buncombe" (County), he gave new meaning to the word. Home was ˝ mi. N.Map (db m11786) HM
19North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — Honorable Chief JunaluskaGul'kala'ski - Tsu - Mu - La - Hun - Ski — 1758 - 1858 —
Junaluska was a peace-loving Chief in Western North Carolina. When Lake Junaluska was established, the name selected was that of the mountain keeping vigil over the lake-Junaluska Mountain - Honoring the chief. Chief Junaluska, member of the famous . . . Map (db m17347) HM
20North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — Kirk's RaidUnwanted Intruders
On February 1, 1865, Col. George Kirk, 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry (U.S.), left Newport, Tennessee, with 400 cavalry and 200 infantry for a raid into Haywood County. He passed through the mountains at Mount Sterling, following the . . . Map (db m12895) HM
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21North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — Plott Balsam
Before you lies the massive Plott Balsam Range. On one of its eastern slopes Henry Plott, a German immigrant’s son, made his home in the early 1800’s. In this game-filled frontier, hunting dogs were a prized possesion. Here Henry Plott and his . . . Map (db m99023) HM
22North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — P-7 — Qualla Boundary
Soco Gap, initial point of U.S. survey, 1876, of Cherokee Reservation, created through earlier efforts of W. H. Thomas, White Cherokee Chief.Map (db m12781) HM
23North Carolina, Haywood County, Maggie Valley — The Masonic Marker
Family gatherings, revivals and assemblies are rooted deeply in the culture of Appalachia. The beauty of the mountains continues to attract group meetings today. The Masons, the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization, hold their North . . . Map (db m127237) HM
24North Carolina, Haywood County, Mt. Gilead — McAulay Bros. Store
In 1898 George Thomas McAulay Sr. and his brother William Aulay McAulay began a general mercantile business that would last until their deaths in 1943. Their original wooden store building was replaced by this brick building structure in 1909.Map (db m37184) HM
25North Carolina, Haywood County, Qualla — Qualla Indian Reservation
The Cherokee domain once extended far beyond the distant mountains, but the white man, with broken treaties and fruitless promises, brought trouble to the Indians and caused their banishment to an Oklahoma reservation. A few escaped capture and fled . . . Map (db m99019) HM
26North Carolina, Haywood County, Waterville — Francis Asbury Trail
Francis Asbury, first elected Bishop of Methodism in the U.S.; rode on horseback over 275,000 miles over pioneer trails averaging one sermon a day. From New England to Charleston, S.C. More than 60 times he crossed the Appalachians. Once following . . . Map (db m90574) HM
27North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Battle HouseSurrender-Role Reversal
Until it was demolished in 1899, the Battle House, a stagecoach house and inn, stood just to your left. There, on May 7, 1865, a proposed Union surrender was transformed into a Confederate capitulation. After Col. William C. Bartlett's 2nd N.C. . . . Map (db m12892) HM
28North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — CataloocheeGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
Notice the valleys and ridges that stretch before you. Cherokees named this area Ga-da-lu-tsi, meaning "standing up in ranks," referring to the seemingly endless stands of timber that lined the ridges. Settlers later corrupted the word to . . . Map (db m169008) HM
29North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Century Vault
Herein are mementoes from the people of the year A.D. 1976 to the people of the year A.D. 2076. Sealed during our Bicentennial Celebration July 4, 1976 Erected by the Waynesville Rotary ClubMap (db m163899) HM
30North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Haywood County Confederate Memorial
1861 — 1865 To honor and commemorate the Confederate Veterans of Haywood CountyMap (db m187447) WM
31North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Haywood County Korean War Memorial
Korean War June 25 1950 July 27 1953 Cogdill, Kenneth C. • Conard, Lester • Green, Grover G. • Hollifield, James R. • Messer, Rayford K. • Saunders, James • Hannah, Jack L. • Welch, William C., Jr. • Brown, Charles • Rhinehart, Billy C. • . . . Map (db m187449) WM
32North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Haywood County Revolutionary War Memorial
Erected to he memory of the Revolutionary soldiers buried in Haywood County Colonel Robert Love • Captain John Henry • Private Thomas Abel • Private William Allen • Private George Hall • Private Edward Hyatt • Private Christian Messer • . . . Map (db m187454) WM
33North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Haywood County Veterans Monument
[Front] In honor of all veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States of America Dedicated Veterans Day November 11, 1991 [Side] Designed by Blake C. Morrison Aviation artist Nellis . . . Map (db m187462) WM
34North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Haywood County Vietnam War Memorial
1959 Vietnam 1975 Dedicated to the honored memory of Haywood County's sons who sacrificed their lives in the Republic of South Viet Nam 1LT David Chappel Brown USAF • LCPL Stephen Michael Bryson USMC • SGT Michael Frank . . . Map (db m187452) WM
35North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — P-10 — Martin's Surrender
Gen. James G. Martin, surrendered the army of Western North Carolina, the last Confederate force in the state, in Waynesville, May 6, 1865.Map (db m11737) HM
36North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Museum Of N.C. Handicrafts
. . . Map (db m12821) HM
37North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — P-58 — N.C. Education Association
Organized in 1884 as N.C. Teachers Assembly in the White Sulphur Springs Hotel. Building was one mile northwest.Map (db m17759) HM
38North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — North Carolina Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
The United Daughters of the Confederacy in cooperation with the United States Forest Service planted this 125 acre forest as a living memorial to the 125,000 soldiers North Carolina provided the Confederacy. The 125,000 Red Spruce tree forest was . . . Map (db m123435) WM
39North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Old Time MusicArtist Stefan Bonitz
Waynesville has a rich musical heritage. Today we enjoy old time music in the string bands, fiddle tunes and ballads played and sung at our street dances and many folk festivals. The artist created this sculpture from recycled industrial . . . Map (db m75488) HM
40North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — P-87 — Plott Hound
State dog. Prized for big game hunting skills. Breed refined in 1800s by Henry Plott & Family. Their home 2 mi. SW.Map (db m110096) HM
41North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — P-41 — Rutherford Trace
The expedition led by Gen. Griffith Rutherford against the Cherokee, Sept. 1776, passed here, through Pigeon Gap.Map (db m11791) HM
42North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — P-42 — Rutherford Trace
The expedition led by Gen. Griffith Rutherford against the Cherokee, Sept, 1776, passed here, through Balsam Gap.Map (db m11792) HM
43North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Rutherford's Expedition
In 1776, Revolutionary War General Griffith Rutherford led 2,400 men through the gap below and to your left. During the war's early phases the Cherokee, with British support, repeatedly attacked the frontier settlements. Rutherford's expedition was . . . Map (db m123300) HM
44North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Thomas's Resting PlaceGreenhill Cemetery
Col. William Holland Thomas (February 5, 1805-May 10, 1893) is among the Confederate officers and soldiers buried here in Greenhill Cemetery. His grave is located about thirty yards in front of you on the right. Thomas, who began trading with . . . Map (db m75487) HM
45North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Turpin's Chapel - Maple Grove United Methodist Church
Founded 1865 by Capt. John Turpin, CSA (NC)-POW Non-denominational until 1885. Became Turpin's Chapel MEC (South) 1885. Name changed to Maple Grove MEC (South) 1912. Became Maple Grove Methodist Church 1949 and Maple Grove United Methodist Church . . . Map (db m19734) HM
46North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Waynesville EngagementAmong the Last to Die
Col. William C. Bartlett’s 2nd N.C. Mounted Infantry (U.S.) occupied Waynesville early in May 1865. The Federals raided the surrounding countryside, relieving civilians of their horses and provisions. On May 6, a company of Confederate Col. . . . Map (db m75490) HM
47North Carolina, Haywood County, Waynesville — Waynesville Masonic Hall
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m187455) HM
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Mar. 26, 2023