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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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Wilkes County, NC (24) Alexander County, NC (8) Alleghany County, NC (7) Ashe County, NC (4) Caldwell County, NC (7) Iredell County, NC (22) Surry County, NC (19) Watauga County, NC (25) Yadkin County, NC (14)  WilkesCounty(24) Wilkes County (24)  AlexanderCounty(8) Alexander County (8)  AlleghanyCounty(7) Alleghany County (7)  AsheCounty(4) Ashe County (4)  CaldwellCounty(7) Caldwell County (7)  IredellCounty(22) Iredell County (22)  SurryCounty(19) Surry County (19)  WataugaCounty(25) Watauga County (25)  YadkinCounty(14) Yadkin County (14)
Adjacent to Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Alexander County (8)
    Alleghany County (7)
    Ashe County (4)
    Caldwell County (7)
    Iredell County (22)
    Surry County (19)
    Watauga County (25)
    Yadkin County (14)
 
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GEOGRAPHIC SORT
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. Dula1844-1868
"Tom Dooley" of popular legend and song. Hanged in Statesville for the murder of Laura Foster. Grave is 1 1/2 mi. S.W.Map (db m57258) HM
3North 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
4North 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 . . . Map (db m134213) HM
5North 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
6North 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
7North 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
8North Carolina (Wilkes County), Traphill — A Mountain HomeKeeping 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
9North 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
10North 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
11North 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
12North 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
13North 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
14North Carolina (Wilkes County), Traphill — The Brinegar FamilyA 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
15North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — M-31 — "Fort Hamby"
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
16North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — Colonel Ben Cleveland1738 - 1806
Colonel Ben Cleveland 1738 - 1806 Wilkes County MilitiaMap (db m55491) HM
17North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — Fort HambyDeserters 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
18North 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
19North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — M-55 — James Larkin Pearson1879-1981
Poet Laureate of N.C., 1953-1981; printer and editor. Published newspaper, The Fool-Killer, 1910-29. Grave 5 mi. SMap (db m55322) HM
20North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — M-42 — James Wellborn1767-1854
Served 27 years as state senator; colonel in War of 1812; delegate to the Constitutional Convention 1835. Grave is 1/5 mi. N.Map (db m55319) HM
21North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — M-2 — Montfort Stokes1762-1842
Governor, 1830-1832; U.S. Senator; Federal Indian Commissioner. Home stood 1 mi. N.Map (db m55490) HM
22North 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
23North 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
24North 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
 
Apr. 16, 2021