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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wilkesboro, 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 (36) Alexander County, NC (8) Alleghany County, NC (9) Ashe County, NC (5) Caldwell County, NC (7) Iredell County, NC (26) Surry County, NC (30) Watauga County, NC (25) Yadkin County, NC (14)  WilkesCounty(36) Wilkes County (36)  AlexanderCounty(8) Alexander County (8)  AlleghanyCounty(9) Alleghany County (9)  AsheCounty(5) Ashe County (5)  CaldwellCounty(7) Caldwell County (7)  IredellCounty(26) Iredell County (26)  SurryCounty(30) Surry County (30)  WataugaCounty(25) Watauga County (25)  YadkinCounty(14) Yadkin County (14)
Wilkesboro is the county seat for Wilkes County
Wilkesboro is in Wilkes County
      Wilkes County (36)  
ADJACENT TO WILKES COUNTY
      Alexander County (8)  
      Alleghany County (9)  
      Ashe County (5)  
      Caldwell County (7)  
      Iredell County (26)  
      Surry County (30)  
      Watauga County (25)  
      Yadkin County (14)  
 
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1North 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
2North 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
3North 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
4North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — Colonel Ben Cleveland — 1738 - 1806
Colonel Ben Cleveland 1738 - 1806 Wilkes County MilitiaMap (db m55491) HM
5North 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
6North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — Former Federal Building — Built 1915 — Wilkesboro Historic Preservation Commission —
[title is inscription]Map (db m192201) HM
7North 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
8North 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
9North 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
10North 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
11North 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
12North 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
13North 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
14North 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
15North 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
16North 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
17North 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
18North Carolina (Wilkes County), Wilkesboro — Wilkes County Courthouse Annex — Works Progress Administration
Built by Works Progress Administration of North Carolina 1935-1937Map (db m192248) HM
19North 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
20North 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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Jul. 4, 2022