MOCKSVILLE [North Carolina] – A local group wants to establish a driving trail to connect historical sites in several North Carolina counties that relate to folk hero Daniel Boone.
When finished, the trail would span Alexander, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. It would include Joppa Cemetery in Mocksville, where Boone’s parents, Squire and Sarah Boone, are buried.
This spring, the group decided on a proposed path, and plans were announced for the first time at the Yadkin Valley History and Genealogy Fair and Conference in Mocksville yesterday. Organizers hope that the trail will spur tourism to the area.
“Daniel Boone has a high brand name. When you hear the name ‘Daniel Boone,’ people feel good and they want to know more,” said Andrew Mackie, a past president of the Yadkin Valley Historical Society who is active in planning the trail. “They’ll Google it, and they’ll find Yadkin Valley.”
Boone is undoubtedly best known for exploring the Appalachians and Kentucky, but Mark Hager, a professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, said that Boone’s contributions to present-day Davie County were equally impressive. The county is home to many of his descendants.
“He was an average guy, but he had one heck of a family,” Hager said.
In the spring of 1750, when Daniel Boone was a teenager, his parents sold their land in Pennsylvania and moved south to settle in the Yadkin Valley.
Read the full article in the August 15, 2010 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal.