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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Watauga County, North Carolina

 
Clickable Map of Watauga County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Watauga County, NC (73) Ashe County, NC (5) Avery County, NC (11) Caldwell County, NC (12) Wilkes County, NC (58) Johnson County, TN (10)  WataugaCounty(73) Watauga County (73)  AsheCounty(5) Ashe County (5)  AveryCounty(11) Avery County (11)  CaldwellCounty(12) Caldwell County (12)  WilkesCounty(58) Wilkes County (58)  JohnsonCountyTennessee(10) Johnson County (10)
Boone is the county seat for Watauga County
Adjacent to Watauga County, North Carolina
      Ashe County (5)  
      Avery County (11)  
      Caldwell County (12)  
      Wilkes County (58)  
      Johnson County, Tennessee (10)  
 
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1North Carolina, Watauga County, Banner Elk — The Mast Farm Inn
The Mast Farm dates from the late 1700s, when Joseph Mast traveled from his birth place of Randolph County, North Carolina to the mountains. Joseph is said to have traded his rifle, his dog, and a pair of leggings for 1,000 acres of fertile Watauga . . . Map (db m210472) HM
2North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — A Prosperous Mountain Family
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 23-room mansion of almost 14,000 . . . Map (db m123231) HM
3North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — American Legion Buildingca. 1959
In 1952 the town granted land to American Legion Post 256 for the construction of this building and to commemorate the veterans of Blowing Rock. Members of the Legion post and town citizens provided the labor, funds, and materials. Renovations, . . . Map (db m210555) HM
4North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Antlersca. 1921
Originally built as a pharmacy for Mayview Park, this rustic structure would become Antlers in the 1930s. Hillis Icenhour continued his family's operation and ownership until the 1980s. Legend has it that Antlers was a provider of "spirits" before . . . Map (db m210566) HM
5North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Appalachian Ski Mountain
Opening in 1962 as Northwestern North Carolina's first ski area, Appalachian Ski Mtn. transformed Blowing Rock into a year-round vacation destination from a summer town where only one restaurant and one motel stayed open during its inaugural . . . Map (db m210536) HM
6North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Art & History Museumca. 2011
Organized in 1999 in response to a gift of Elliott Daingerfield artwork, the museum promotes the visual arts, history and rich heritage of the mountains. All of the funds to build this structure were generously donated by local citizens.Map (db m210544) HM
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7North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Bankca. 1904
Founded in 1907, the Blowing Rock Bank helped usher in the new century. Among its founders are the town's first mayor, Joseph B. Clarke and mayor George Sudderth who resigned his mayoral office to supervise construction of this building.Map (db m210553) HM
8North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show
In 1923 Lloyd M. Tate held the first Blowing Rock Horse Show on Green Hill Road just up the mountain behind the Green Park Hotel. By the mid-1920's Mr. T. A. Broyhill had purchased much of what we know today as the Mayview neighborhood of Blowing . . . Map (db m210538) HM
9North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Ice Houseca. 1930
Built for the purpose of storing ice harvested from nearby Chetola Lake, this building is constructed of Grandfather Mountain granite. This property has served many uses including an automobile service station, electrical repair shop and the offices . . . Map (db m210561) HM
10North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Memorial Parkca. 1939
This public park was originally the site of the Watauga Hotel which was built in 1884 by J.G. Finley as the first hotel in Blowing Rock. Later known as the Watauga Inn, the building was destroyed by fire in the early 1900's and again in 1926. The . . . Map (db m210530) HM
11North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Methodist Churchca. 1901
Built of native timber and stone, the church is the oldest religious structure on Main Street. The original 24 pews, each 11 feet long, are still in use. The exact dimensions of the structure were selected to achieve optimal interior acoustics. . . . Map (db m210567) HM
12North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Negro Community Churchca. 1949
As Blowing Rock's first African American church, this building served the religious and social activities of its members from 1949 until 1980. Funds for the purchase of the land came from a community fund drive. In 1982, First Independent Baptist . . . Map (db m210583) HM
13North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Carriage RoadsMoses H. Cone Memorial Park Carriage Roads and Trails
Flat Top Manor, once the home of textile magnate Moses H. Cone and his family, presides over the former Cone Estate—3,600 acres of forests, meadows and rolling farmlands. Moses Cone, whose hobbies included road-building and cultivating . . . Map (db m20349) HM
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14North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Carriage RoadsMoses H. Cone Memorial Park Carriage Roads and Trails
Flat Top Manor, once the home of textile magnate Moses H. Cone and his family, presides over the former Cone Estate—3,600 acres of forests, meadows and rolling farmlands. Moses Cone, whose hobbies included road-building and cultivating . . . Map (db m98708) HM
15North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — ChetolaCa. 1846
The 100-acre resort was purchased by Lot Estes in 1846 for five dollars. In 1892 W.W. Stringfellow transformed the original boarding house into a grand manor and named it “Chetola”, which means “haven of rest” in Cherokee. J. Luther Snyder, the . . . Map (db m210523) HM
16North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Church of the Epiphanyca. 1947
Built on land donated by Lorena & R.H. Gore of Fort Lauderdale, FL, this structure is the first Catholic church in Watauga County. The Franciscan fathers from Lenoir collected funds for its construction. Originally designed for seasonal use, the . . . Map (db m210578) HM
17North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Craig Cottage / Knitters Restca. 1890
Craig Cottage was built by D.J. Craig, the original owner of the Green Park Hotel. The foundation and five fireplaces are built of Grandfather Mountain stone. Chestnut bark siding was later replaced with cedar siding. German-style architectural . . . Map (db m210570) HM
18North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Creeksideca. 1928
The Tudor Revival style of this house is rare in Blowing Rock. The greenstone used for the house was quarried by Paul Coffey. Coffey's brother-in-law, Ernest Banner, was the stonemason. Banner's work features keystones and youssoirs over the windows . . . Map (db m210556) HM
19North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Daniel Boone Trail Marker#26
Donated to the Town of Blowing Rock in loving memory of two brothers and Blowing Rock's sons, Paul and Glenn Coffey by the Coffey Family This monument was erected two blocks north of this site on September 1, 1927. Mr. Thomas H. Coffey . . . Map (db m43883) HM
20North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Davant Residenceca. 1938
Built originally for Miss Mary Arrington of Rocky Mount, NC, this residence is the long- time home of Dr. & Mrs. Charles Davant, Jr. In 1948, Mayor Grover Robbins, Sr. recruited “Doctor Charlie” to establish a much-needed medical practice in Blowing . . . Map (db m210558) HM
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21North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Edgewood CottageFirst Home and Studio of Elliott Daingerfield
These are the steps that led to Edgewood Cottage in 1890 when Elliott Daingerfield built this home/studio in Blowing Rock. He was born in Harper's Ferry, Virginia on March 26, 1859 and moved to North Carolina with his family in 1861. Elliott was . . . Map (db m210547) HM
22North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Edgewood Cottageca. 1890
First of three Blowing Rock homes and studios of Elliott Daingerfield, a highly respected and recognized American painter. After studying at the National Academy of Design in New York, Daingerfield married and started summering in Blowing Rock in . . . Map (db m210548) HM
23North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-25 — Elliott Daingerfield1859-1932
Artist, teacher, author. His paintings hang in the National Gallery, Metropolitan Museum, and other galleries. His home is here.Map (db m43354) HM
24North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-42 — Emily Prudden1881 - 1976
Missionary. Founded 15 western N.C. schools including Pfeiffer College forerunner. Her Skyland Institute stood here.Map (db m156854) HM
25North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — First Baptist ChurchCa. 1923
The church was organized July 11, 1903 with twelve charter members. A 1905 church was replaced in 1923- 24 by this building to accommodate a growing congregation. The octagonal plan places the pews and pulpit in the center with gabled Sunday school . . . Map (db m210527) HM
26North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Gibbons Residenceca. 2005
William & Joellyn Gibbons commissioned architect Jeffrey Harbinson to design this Adirondack styled home on the former site of the Blowing Rock Hotel. The hotel was opened in 1889 to accommodate Blowing Rock's growing resort community. The home is . . . Map (db m210573) HM
27North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park Hotelca. 1891
Serving as the heart of the Green Park community, this grand hotel offered the best of amenities including a post office, bowling alley, casino and shooting gallery. Historic guests included U.S. Presidents Coolidge and Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, . . . Map (db m210576) HM
28North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park Inn9239 Valley Blvd.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Iinterior c. 1891Map (db m210577) HM
29North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park-Norwood Golf Courseca. 1915
David J. Craig, L.P. Henkel, C.V. Henkel and Rufus L. Patterson provided 365 acres that adjoined the grand Green Park Hotel and carved a nine-hole golf course out of the Appalachian forest. In 1922 the course was expanded to a full eighteen holes. . . . Map (db m210575) HM
30North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Carterca. 1885
One of blowing rock's oldest remaining intact houses, the Victorian H-plan with a two-tier porch and an adjacent cottage was built by local craftsmen using native materials of chestnut, pine and Grandfather Mountain stone. Dr. Carter, the first . . . Map (db m210557) HM
31North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — In Memory Of Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice
In Memory Of Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice World War I Linny Coffey Milton Greene Harley Hampton Lloyd Hampton Daniel Teague Albert Walser World War II Frank Baldwin Ralph M. Brown John H. Calloway . . . Map (db m136319) WM
32North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Inn at Ragged Gardensca. 1896
Originally constructed as a summer home, the property was operating as a boarding house as early as 1900. The home's exterior consists of American Chestnut bark siding and Grandfather Mountain granite. The original 11-acre estate included a livery . . . Map (db m210560) HM
33North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Julian Price Memorial Park
The Julian Price Memorial Park, comprising 4,200 acres, is named in honor of its former owner, the late Julian Price, for many years president of the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company of Greensboro, N.C. The company and Mr. Price’s son and . . . Map (db m134210) HM
34North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — L.M. Tate Show Groundsca. 1928
Site of the annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show which began in 1923 and is the oldest, continuous, outdoor horse show in America. Originally hosted in Green Hill, this present location is the site of the former Donald Ross-designed Mayview Golf . . . Map (db m210562) HM
35North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Martin Houseca. 1870
Originally built as a private residence for H.C. & Johnsie Martin, the home soon became a boarding house to accommodate demand for tourist lodging. From 1890 to 1892, H.C. Martin was the town's mayor. In recognition of this property's . . . Map (db m210534) HM
36North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Maymontca. 1887
Built by Samuel Finley Harper of Lenoir, the house was purchased by Confederate General Matt W. Ransom in 1902. Ransom served as Attorney General for North Carolina, a U.S. Senator and Ambassador to Mexico. The architecture is indicative of the . . . Map (db m210574) HM
37North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mayview Manorca. 1922
Developed by Walter L. Alexander, the hotel was the centerpiece of the Mayview Park development. The chestnut barked structure contained 138 rooms and was built on the edge of John's River Gorge. The manor was a symbol of sophistication for many . . . Map (db m210564) HM
38North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mayview Manor Hotel
Mayview Manor was an opulent 138 room, grand hotel, constructed in 1921 by Walter L. Alexander on the cliffs of Blowing Rock overlooking the Johns River Gorge. Its Early Appalachian architecture incorporated locally sourced chestnut, red oak, . . . Map (db m210543) HM
39North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Miller/Robbins Houseca. 1903
Cicero Miller, owner of Miller General Mercantile, built the house. Later, in 1919 it became the home of mayor and civic leader Grover C. Robbins, Sr. and wife Lena, daughter of Cicero and Minnie Miller. Additions were made in 1931, 1941 and 1948. . . . Map (db m210528) HM
40North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mt. Bethel Reformed Churchca. 1886
Church congregation organized in 1882 by Rev. John Ingle. Grave of Revolutionary soldier, Ed Sullivan, is located in the cemetery. Sullivan brought his own tombstone when he immigrated to Blowing Rock in the 1790's. In recognition of this . . . Map (db m210580) HM
41North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Old Lake Bed
The flat meadowland and bog here are believed to be the site of an ancient lake. Silt deposited from feeder streams filled the lake bed, resulting in rich soil that supports a wide variety of plants. Nearby rock outcrops provide shelter from the . . . Map (db m163900) HM
42North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — R.S. Reinhardt BuildingCa. 1924
Built by Everett Pitts for Lenoir businessman, R.S. Reinhardt, this stone building was originally one story in height and housed the Blowing Rock Post Office until 1944. The second floor was added in the late 1940's and provided ten lodging rooms . . . Map (db m210525) HM
43North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Rainey Service StationCa. 1936
F.W. (Jack) Rainey was the original owner of this former Gulf service station. Constructed of cut stone from Grandfather Mountain, the building is indicative of facilities built along the Blue Ridge Parkway during the same time period. The . . . Map (db m210526) HM
44North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Randall Memorial Buildingca. 1907
This clapboard and stone structure was originally built by the Episcopal Church to serve as a workshop and training center for the local mountain population. The building was also the town's first library. The church sold the property in 1936 and . . . Map (db m210554) HM
45North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Churchca. 1912
Replacing a small frame church that was dedicated in 1886, the present sanctuary building was constructed over a seven-year period with chestnut timbers and local stone. Four historic stained glass windows honor past ministers including Reverend . . . Map (db m210545) HM
46North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Sonny's Grillca. 1955
Established in 1955 by Sonny Klutz, the beloved Sonny's Grill was located on this site. The small concrete block building was the social epicenter for Blowing Rock for both locals and tourists alike for 54 years. The grill was famous for its ham . . . Map (db m210551) HM
47North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Churchca. 1921
The cornerstone was laid in 1918 and the church building was financed by a contribution from W.W. Stringfellow. Noted American artist, Elliott Daingerfield, painted and donated his work, “Madonna of the Hills” for which the church is named. . . . Map (db m210546) HM
48North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-10 — Stoneman's Raid
On a Raid through Western North Carolina Gen. Stoneman's U.S. Cavalry passed through Blowing Rock March 28, 1865.Map (db m20378) HM
49North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — 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 m95303) HM
50North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Sunset Manor1920
Sunset Manor was built in 1920 by Dr. W.B. Council, Sr., a physician and senator, who was instrumental in developing the Town of Boone. It was built on the site of “Sunset Rock,” at that time a popular spot for locals to view sunsets. The house, . . . Map (db m210572) HM
51North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — The Blowing Rock
This 250 million year old cliff formation is North Carolina's oldest travel attraction. Located at 4,000 feet above sea level, The Blowing Rock is the town's namesake. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a . . . Map (db m43674) HM
52North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie dates to 1882, when the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) began operations in Johnson City, Tenn. In 1919, the railroad extended tracks to Boone, N.C. The ET&WNC added passenger service and brought lumber out of the . . . Map (db m210498) HM
53North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Tweetsie Railroad
The signature attraction of Tweetsie Railroad is narrow-gauge steam locomotive No. 12, built in 1917 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia for the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC). From 1918 to 1940, the ET&WNC – . . . Map (db m210540) HM
54North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Watauga Hotel Cottageca. 1888
Originally constructed as one of several cottages located on the Watauga Hotel property, the building contained two small rental units. This structure is the last remaining example of the group of cottages. Acquired in 1939 by the town, the hotel . . . Map (db m104693) HM
55North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — 1940 Flood Ends Boone Train Service
In mid-August 1940, a hurricane stalled over western North Carolina, drenching parts of Watauga County with more than 13 inches of rain in the span of three days. Ensuing floods in the county on August 13 caused more than 2,000 . . . Map (db m210481) HM
56North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — N-23 — Appalachian State University
Est. 1899 as Watauga Academy by B.B. and D.D. Dougherty. A campus of The University of North Carolina since 1972.Map (db m20377) HM
57North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — Daniel Boone Park
This 36½ acre tract of land was purchased in 1957 by the Town of Boone from James B. and Carrie W. Winkler with the stipulation it be used only for recreation, education, and historical purposes. ~ The Park includes ~ • An amphitheater for “Horn . . . Map (db m210493) HM
58North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — N-51 — Ginseng Trade
Native root valued in China for medicinal uses; long collected by locals. Wilcox Drug (est. 1900), among its exporters, operated 175 yds. SE.Map (db m95294) HM
59North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — Historic Black CemeteryTown of Boone
This is the site of the Black cemetery which began as a burial ground for slaves of local landowner and storekeeper Jordan Councill. Since 1956, most members of the local Black community have been buried at Clarissa Hill Cemetery, west of the town. . . . Map (db m210482) HM
60North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — Jones House
Welcome to the Jones House Cultural and Community Center National Register of Historic Places Built in 1908Map (db m210479) HM
61North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — Preserving the Past for the Future
The Daniel Boone amphitheater at the end of the paved pathway to your night was built in 1952, home to the historic play “Horn in the West.” Kermit Hunter wrote this legacy outdoor drama, portraying events and battles of the Southern Campaign of the . . . Map (db m210495) HM
62North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — N-48 — Stanley Harris1882 - 1976
Boy Scouts of America leader. Founded Scouts' Interracial Service in 1926. Lived 100 yds. N.Map (db m43356) HM
63North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — N-12 — Stoneman's Raid
On a raid through western North Carolina Gen. Stoneman's U.S. Cavalry Fought a skirmish with the Home Guard at Boone, March 28, 1865.Map (db m20352) HM
64North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — The Junaluska Community
The Junaluska community is one of the oldest, intact communities of color in western North Carolina. Beginning with a small, mixed-race population of free and enslaved individuals who settled and farmed the hillside between Boone and Howard's . . . Map (db m210480) HM
65North Carolina, Watauga County, Boone — United States Post OfficeBoone, North Carolina
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1938Map (db m134643) HM
66North Carolina, Watauga County, Deep Gap — N-33 — Stoneman's Raid
On a raid through western North Carolina Federal forces inder Gen. George Stoneman erected a palisaded fort here in April 1865.Map (db m74935) HM
67North Carolina, Watauga County, Grandfather Mountain — N-22 — Andre Michaux
French botanist, pioneer in studying flora of western North Carolina, visited Grandfather Mountain, August, 1794.Map (db m20372) HM
68North Carolina, Watauga County, Grandfather Mountain — N-18 — Asa Gray
American botanist and Harvard professor. In July,1841, investigated flora of this region. He visited Grandfather Mountain.Map (db m20371) HM
69North Carolina, Watauga County, Sugar Grove — Camp MastWatauga County Home Guard
In July 1863, Gov. Zebulon B. Vance created the Home Guard to protect communities and capture deserters, Unionists, and bushwhackers. The Guard was made up of men not liable for conscription because of age, health, and other reasons. Capt. Harvey . . . Map (db m100748) HM
70North Carolina, Watauga County, Sugar Grove — Cove Creek High School
This Property Was Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places June 18, 1998 By The United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m100750) HM
71North Carolina, Watauga County, Sugar Grove — Military Veterans of Western Watauga County
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72North Carolina, Watauga County, Valle Crucis — Mast General Store
Three creeks converging in the form of a cross inspired a traveling priest to call this beautiful location Valle Crucis, Latin for “Valley of the Cross” in 1842, where a new western Episcopal mission would be founded. Rough roads made travel . . . Map (db m210469) HM
73North Carolina, Watauga County, Valle Crucis — N-9 — Valle Crucis Episcopal Mission
Established in 1842 by Bishop Levi S. Ives. Reorganized in 1895 by Bishop J. B. Cheshire.Map (db m98513) HM
 
 
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Jan. 30, 2023