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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wilkes County, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Wilkes 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> Wilkes County, NC (59) Alexander County, NC (10) Alleghany County, NC (9) Ashe County, NC (5) Caldwell County, NC (12) Iredell County, NC (26) Surry County, NC (31) Watauga County, NC (73) Yadkin County, NC (14)  WilkesCounty(59) Wilkes County (59)  AlexanderCounty(10) Alexander County (10)  AlleghanyCounty(9) Alleghany County (9)  AsheCounty(5) Ashe County (5)  CaldwellCounty(12) Caldwell County (12)  IredellCounty(26) Iredell County (26)  SurryCounty(31) Surry County (31)  WataugaCounty(73) Watauga County (73)  YadkinCounty(14) Yadkin County (14)
Wilkesboro is the county seat for Wilkes County
Adjacent to Wilkes County, North Carolina
      Alexander County (10)  
      Alleghany County (9)  
      Ashe County (5)  
      Caldwell County (12)  
      Iredell County (26)  
      Surry County (31)  
      Watauga County (73)  
      Yadkin County (14)  
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1North Carolina, Wilkes County, Ferguson — Boone Homesteads
This historical marker[,] placed near Edminston store[,] records two homesteads of the Daniel Boone family in Wilkes County during the 1760's. Site Number One is located one-half mile South of the spot, near Beaver Creek. The Boone Family . . . Map (db m57262) HM
2North Carolina, Wilkes County, Ferguson — M-48 — Thomas C. Dula — 1844-1868
"Tom Dooley" of popular legend and song. Hanged in Statesville for the murder of Laura Foster. Grave is 1½ mi. S.W.Map (db m57258) HM
3North Carolina, Wilkes County, North Wilkesboro — Memorial Avenue — November 11, 1920
North Wilkesboro's Civic League dedicated this street, renamed as Memorial Avenue, to honor the memory of Wilkes County natives who had given their lives in World War I. A monument was erected and inscribed with these men's names, and one maple tree . . . Map (db m182950) HM WM
4North Carolina, Wilkes County, North Wilkesboro — Wilkes County World War I Memorial — 1917-1918
[1920 plaque — on west side of monument]1917 • 1918 In Grateful Memory of the Men of Wilkes County who Gave Their Lives in The World War. Lt. Thomas Joe James • Lt. Mack Joines • James W. Crysel • Silas Triplett . . . Map (db m182952) WM
5North Carolina, Wilkes County, Purlear — E. B. Jeffress Park
600 acres of mountain, field and forest comprise this memorial to the late E. B. Jeffress. A native North Carolinian, Mr. Jeffress rose to prominence as a newspaper publisher. While chairman of the State Highway Commission, he was instrumental in . . . Map (db m134211) HM
6North Carolina, Wilkes County, Purlear — Tom Dula
In 1868 in neighboring Wilkes County, N.C., the newspaper printed the following: “Thomas C. Dula suffered the extreme penalty of the law by hanging… convicted of murder…” During his last days in jail tradition says he composed his tragic and still . . . Map (db m134213) HM
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7North Carolina, Wilkes County, Roaring River — M-43 — Richard Allen, Sr.
Colonel of N.C. Militia at Battle of King's Mountain. Delegate to the Hillsborough Convention, 1788; in General Assembly, 1793. Grave is 4 mi. N.Map (db m95301) HM
8North Carolina, Wilkes County, Roaring River — N-10 — Stoneman's Raid
On a raid across western N.C. Gen. A. C. Gillem led part of Stoneman's U.S. cavalry through this vicinity, March 28, 1865.Map (db m95302) HM
9North Carolina, Wilkes County, Ronda — M-30 — Benjamin Cleveland
Colonel in Revolution, Whig leader in battle of Kings Mountain, state legislator. Home was on "The Round About," one mile southwest.Map (db m56786) HM
10North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — A Mountain Home — Keeping it Warm — Blue Ridge Parkway —
All the materials Martin Brinegar needed for building a cabin were here on this farm—trees, rocks, even clay. Martin Brinegar began building this cabin in 1886. Working in his spare time, it took him three years to finish the original cabin . . . Map (db m162094) HM
11North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — An Outdoor Pantry — Blue Ridge Parkway —
The Brinegars stored much of the food they raised in this building. The upper level was the granary where they kept their dried corn and buckwheat and hung their herbs to dry. After they butchered their hogs, they cured the meat in salt and kept it . . . Map (db m162099) HM
12North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — Brinegar Cabin — Blue Ridge Parkway —
For nearly sixty years, Martin and Caroline Brinegar lived on this 125 acre farm leading lives based on hard work, self-sufficiency, and an abiding religious faith. Descendants of their three children often come here to visit the homeplace. . . . Map (db m162095) HM
13North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — Making Linsey-Woolsey — Blue Ridge Parkway —
Caroline Brinegar had to plan ahead for many months to make a garment. She made her family's clothes from a fabric called linsey-woolsey that she wove on her loom. Linsey-woolsey is woven from wool yarn and linen (flax) thread. The wool made the . . . Map (db m162096) HM
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14North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — Making Shoes — Blue Ridge Parkway —
Martin Brinegar made shoes for his family and neighbors. His nephew, Sherman, remembered many times seeing his uncle Martin "working by the light coming in through the window." Martin charged a dollar, more or less, for a pair of shoes. He could . . . Map (db m162100) HM
15North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — Mountain Spring — Blue Ridge Parkway —
The cool mountain spring inside this building was both a source of refreshing water and a cooler for perishable foods. The Brinegars were known to say that the water was always "two degrees colder than the morning." The Brinegars never had . . . Map (db m162101) HM
16North Carolina, Wilkes County, Traphill — The Brinegar Family — A Part of the Community — Blue Ridge Parkway —
The Brinegars were not famous or rich, but they were important to their families and neighbors. In 1876 Martin Brinegar purchased this 125 acre farm from Henderson Crouse, Caroline Joines' uncle, for $200. Two years later Martin and Caroline were . . . Map (db m162097) HM
17North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-31 — "Fort Hamby" — Reported missing
Fortified stronghold of band of robbers & army deserters, was captured by force of citizens in May, 1865. Stood one mile north.Map (db m98950) HM
18North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — An Introduction to the Labyrinth — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
"In our chaotic Western society, many of us have trouble quieting our minds. The sheer act of walking a complicated path — which discharges energy — begins to focus the mind." —The Rev. Lauren Artress What is a Labyrinth? . . . Map (db m192199) HM
19North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Bank of Wilkes — Circa 1929 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210427) HM
20North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Benbow & Tomlinson Store — Circa 1910 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210429) HM
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21North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Brown-Cowles House — Circa 1835 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210438) HM
22North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Calloway-Hubbard House — Built 1873 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210433) HM
23North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Captain Robert Cleveland Log Home — c. 1779
Captain Robert Cleveland was born in Virginia around 1744 and moved with his family to western North Carolina around 1766. Cleveland acquired 150 acres near the Lewis Fork in what is today known as the Purlear Community by 1778. He built his log . . . Map (db m192195) HM
24North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Colonel Ben Cleveland — 1738 - 1806
Colonel Ben Cleveland 1738 - 1806 Wilkes County MilitiaMap (db m55491) HM
25North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Dr. Gurney Talmadge & Julia Phillips Mitchell House — Built 1932 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210437) HM
26North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Early Food Preservation
Drying: Fruits, vegetables and herbs were all harvested in peak season and could be dried for use in later months. Fruits and vegetables would be sliced thin and laid out on a clean surface, usually a sunny area. They would then be . . . Map (db m192204) HM
27North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Former Federal Building — Built 1915 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
[title is inscription]Map (db m192201) HM
28North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Former Wilkes County Courthouse — Built 1902 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210446) HM
29North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Former Wilkesboro Elementary School — Built 1937 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210425) HM
30North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Fort Hamby — Deserters and Desperados
The site of Fort Hamby is located about half a mile south of here. The two-story log house was not a military fortification. It got its name after 20 to 30 Union and Confederate deserters occupied it at the end of the war. Their leader, who gave his . . . Map (db m55373) HM
31North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Gray Brothers Furniture Company — Built 1946 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210426) HM
32North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Harvey Chambers' Upholstery Shop — Circa 1950 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210432) HM
33North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Hubbard's — Built 1956 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210428) HM
34North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-13 — James B. Gordon
Brigadier general in the Confederate States Army. Mortally wounded near Richmond, Virginia, May 12, 1864. Birthplace stands 300 yards north.Map (db m55305) HM
35North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-55 — James Larkin Pearson — 1879-1981
Poet Laureate of N.C., 1953-1981; printer and editor. Published newspaper, The Fool-Killer, 1910-29. Grave 5 mi. S.Map (db m55322) HM
36North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-42 — James Wellborn — 1767-1854
Served 27 years as state senator; colonel in War of 1812; delegate to the Constitutional Convention 1835. Grave is ⅕ mi. N.Map (db m55319) HM
37North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — John Cranor House — Circa 1890 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210452) HM
38North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Johnson-Hubbard House — Circa 1855 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210439) HM
39North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Julius Cicero & Nellie White Hubbard House — Built 1925 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210430) HM
40North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Lincoln Heights School — 1924-1968
Built in 1924 as a six teacher brick Rosenwald School and served as a “Haven of Knowledge” for colored students in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties. The original structure was an H-shape design. The Julius Rosenwald . . . Map (db m210435) HM
41North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-2 — Montfort Stokes — 1762-1842
Governor, 1830-1832; U.S. Senator; Federal Indian Commissioner. Home stood 1 mi. N.Map (db m55490) HM
42North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-56 — North Wilkesboro Speedway
Pioneer NASCAR dirt track. Built 1946; paved in 1958. Hosted sanctioned events, 1949-96. 5/8 mile oval 3 mi. W.Map (db m55488) HM
43North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Old Wilkes County Courthouse
Constructed in 1902, the original Wilkes County Courthouse is now the Wilkes Heritage Museum, home of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. This beaux-arts, neo-classical revival building was designed at the turn of the 20th century by the . . . Map (db m210440) HM
44North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Old Wilkes County Jail — Built 1859 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210448) HM
45North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Prevette-Lenderman House — Circa 1900 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210453) HM
46North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Robert Cleveland Log Home — Circa 1779 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210450) HM
47North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Somers-Foster House — Circa 1907 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210436) HM
48North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
In 1836 Bishop L. S. Ives traveled from Valle Crucis to lead the first Episcopal service in Wilkes County. The service was held in the home of James and Susan Dodge on Main Street, Wilkesboro. Their three children were the first members to be . . . Map (db m192198) HM
49North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Starr House — Circa 910 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210434) HM
50North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-10 — Stoneman's Raid
On a raid through western North Carolina Gen. Stoneman's U.S. cavalry occupied Wilkesboro, March 29, 1865.Map (db m55297) HM
51North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — The Old Wilkes Jail
The Old Wilkes Jail, built in 1859 and used as the county jail until 1915 is one of the best-preserved examples of nineteenth-century penal architecture in North Carolina. Most important is the survival of its primitive security, including the . . . Map (db m192196) HM
52North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — The Tory Oak — Witness to Death — Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail —
A stately oak stood here for nearly 300 years. It symbolized the patriots' yearning for freedom and the bitterness of their conflict with the British crown. In 1779, two tories (Americans loyal to Britain) plundered the home of George Wilfong in . . . Map (db m183068) HM
53North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Thomas B. Finley Law Office — Circa 1880 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210464) HM
54North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Wilkes County Confederate Memorial
In remembrance of the Wilkes County Soldiers of the Confederate States of America, who defended their southern homeland against northern aggression. May their bravery, loyalty, honor and Christian virtues continue to live in all Wilkes County . . . Map (db m192197) WM
55North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Wilkes County Courthouse Annex — Works Progress Administration
Built by Works Progress Administration of North Carolina 1935-1937Map (db m192248) HM
56North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Wilkes County Frescoes — Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
For more than one hundred and fifty years, St. Paul's Episcopal Church has found a home atop a steep hill in downtown Wilkesboro, North Carolina. St. Paul's Church traces its beginnings to 1836. The brick Gothic church was constructed in 1848 and . . . Map (db m187683) HM
57North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Wilkes County War Memorial
Dedicated to the Men of Wilkes County who gave their lives in the service of their Country World War I Adams, George • Anderson, Clinton • Anderson, Elbert • Barnett, Daniel G. • Bowers, A. Burr • Brooks, Boss • Brown, John • Byrd, . . . Map (db m215106) WM
58North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church — Built 1850 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
Map (db m210431) HM
59North Carolina, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro — M-38 — Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church
Established in 1837; present church built in 1849-50. The first Presbyterian church in Wilkes County.Map (db m55344) HM
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Jan. 31, 2023