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By Ann Brownlee, June 14, 2011
Trading Ford Monument
North Carolina (Davidson County), Churchland — Trading Ford
On Old Salisbury Road (State Highway 1138) 0.1 miles north of Sowers Road (State Highway 1139), on the right when traveling north.
General Nathanael Greene in his masterly retreat from the British army under Lord Cornwallis, crossed the Yadkin at Trading Ford, one-half mile southeast of this spot, February 2-3, 1781. A sudden rise in the river prevented the passage of the . . . — Map (db m43430) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — Captain Benjamin Merrill
On N Main Street at W Center Street, on the right when traveling south on N Main Street.
Sacrificed his life for the cause of regulators. Was executed by officials of the Crown, June 19, 1771. Home was 8 miles south. — Map (db m34379) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — City of LexingtonIncorporated 1828
On N Main Street at W Center Street, on the right when traveling south on N Main Street.
Named during the Revolutionary War in 1775 after the Battle of Lexington. — Map (db m34388) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — Daniel Boone and Gen. Nathanael Greene
On N Main Street near W Center Street, on the right when traveling south.
In 1750, Daniel Boone, age 16, came with his father from Pennsylvania and settled near Boone’s Ford on Yadkin River, then in Rowan, now Davidson County. Near this spot, in 1781, the American Army under Gen. Nathanael Greene passed on its way from . . . — Map (db m34377) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — Lexington in the Civil WarOccupation and Fire
On E Center Street, on the right when traveling east.
President Jefferson Davis and his entourage paused here in Lexington on April 16-17, 1865, as the Confederate government fled south after the April 3 evacuation of Richmond, Virginia. While here, Davis telegraphed Gen. Joseph E. Johnston as to the . . . — Map (db m34182) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — K 44 — Old Davidson County Courthouse
On N Main Street at W Center Street, on the right when traveling south on N Main Street.
Completed 1858. Interior was burned, 1865, rebuilt ca. 1867. Fine example of Classical Revival style. — Map (db m34184) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — Our Confederate Dead
On S Main Street at E Center Street, on the left when traveling south on S Main Street.
Erected by The Robert E. Lee Chapter Daughters of the Confederacy No. 324 Sept. 14, 1905. [ Back of Monument: ] Sleep sweetly in your humble graves. Sleep martyrs of a fallen cause. For lo, a marble column craves the pilgrim here to pause. . . . — Map (db m34392) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — K 49 — Pilgrim Church
On Greensboro Street Extension at Ridge Road, on the right when traveling west on Greensboro Street Extension.
Established ca. 1757 as German Reformed. Known early as Leonard's Church. Fourth Building to occupy site stands 3/8 mi. NW. — Map (db m70026) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — Pine Grove CampConfederate Government Seat
Near Yokley Road 0.6 miles east of Ridge Road, on the left when traveling east.
For an hour on the evening of Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, a pine grove outside Lexington became the de facto seat of government for the Confederate States of America and the state of North Carolina. President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet, . . . — Map (db m77700) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — The HomesteadUnexpected Houseguests
On S Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
The Homestead was the home of Dr. William R. Holt, one of antebellum North Carolina’s most versatile and talented men, with interests in medicine, agriculture, education, religion, transportation, and manufacturing. In May 1865, when Dr. Holt . . . — Map (db m34190) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Lexington — K 56 — Wm. Rainey Holt
On S Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
Physician. Advocate of scientific agriculture. His plantation “Linwood” was 6 miles southwest. Built home here, 1834. — Map (db m34193) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Linwood — K 15 — Stoneman’s Raid
On U.S. 29 at Old Salisbury Road, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 29.
Southern troops turned back Stoneman’s U. S. Cavalry, raiding through western North Carolina, at the Yadkin River Bridge, April 12, 1865 — Map (db m33927) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Reeds Crossroads — George Washington Boulder
On Route 150, on the right when traveling west.
. . . — Map (db m55238) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Reeds Crossroads — K-24 — Yadkin College
On U.S. 64 at Koontz Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 64.
A Methodist Protestant institution. Opened in 1856, made co-educational in 1878, closed in 1924. Building stands 1 mi. N — Map (db m55064) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — K 16 — Jefferson Davis
On Caldcleugh Road, on the left when traveling south.
President Davis, fleeing southward after Lee’s surrender, with members of his cabinet spent the night of Apr. 16, 1865, in a pine grove nearby. — Map (db m33917) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — K 32 — John H. Mills
On U.S. 70 0.3 miles south of Shuler Road, on the right when traveling north.
First head of Oxford Orphanage (1873-1884) and Thomasville Baptist Orphanage (Mills Home), president Oxford Female College. Grave 100 yds. S. — Map (db m70024) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — K 35 — John W. Thomas1800-1871
On Cedar Lodge Road at Cedar Drive, on the right when traveling east on Cedar Lodge Road.
Founder of Thomasville. As legislator led fight for N.C. Railroads; friend of education. His home, Cedar Lodge, was nearby. — Map (db m70002) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — John W. Thomas
On West Main Street west of Salem Street (North Carolina Highway 109), on the right when traveling west.
Site of the home place of John W. Thomas Founder of the city of Thomasville, 1857
"John W. Thomas, the founder of Thomasville, lived in “a grand mansion” in the center of town, across the street from the town commons. . . . — Map (db m70005) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial
On Interstate 85, on the right when traveling south.
The North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Dedicated to the 216,000 North Carolinians who served and the over 1,600 who sere killed or missing in the Vietnam War Memorial Day 1991 — Map (db m63387) WM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — ThomasvilleCaring for the Sick and Wounded
On E Main Street at Memorial Park Drive, on the right when traveling north on E Main Street.
During the Civil War, Thomasville became a hospital center that treated the sick and wounded, civilian and soldier alike. From 1862 to 1865, a local doctor, D. W. Smith, operated a smallpox hospital just outside of town. In March 1865, Surgeon Simon . . . — Map (db m34232) HM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — ThomasvilleA Key Stop & Refuge
On West Main Street at Trade Street, on the left when traveling west on West Main Street.
John W. Thomas, who represented this area in the state legislature in the mid-1800s, laid out the town of Thomasville in 1852 on the proposed route of the North Carolina Railroad. Three years later, the line was completed to the new town, and the . . . — Map (db m70006) HM WM
North Carolina (Davidson County), Thomasville — Thomasville City CemeteryUnion of Combatants
Near Memorial Park Drive, on the right when traveling west.
(Preface): John W. Thomas, who represented this area in the state legislature in the mid-1800s, laid out the town of Thomasville in 1852 on the proposed route of the North Carolina Railroad. Three years later, the line was completed to the . . . — Map (db m34234) HM

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