What’s in a Name – The Daniel Boone Story

Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where Daniel Boone explored.

The Appalachian Mountains and the areas surrounding the High Country of North Carolina were a part of America’s first frontier. Many pioneers explored and settled in the isolated region. One of the explorers who wandered into the area around Boone was Daniel Boone, the name behind the town of Boone.

Who’s Daniel Boone?

Unfinished portrait of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding 1820Born on November 2, 1743, Daniel Boone was an American pioneer and frontiersman who became one of the first folk heroes of the United States. His father, Squire Boone, originally journeyed from Bradninch, England to the colony of Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution.

In 1748, Squire moved him and his family to North Carolina in the Yadkin Valley area. Once the French and Indian War began in 1754, Daniel Boone joined the North Carolina militia as a wagoner. From an early age, Boone proved himself to be a skilled woodsman and hunter. It is believed that he shot his first bear at age 12.

It wasn’t until 1767 that Boone led his own expedition for the first time. He brought a group of men along the Big Sandy River in Kentucky and went as far west as Floyd County.

After encounters with Indigenous tribes, in which he oftentimes stole their land, he relocated from Kentucky to what is now West Virginia and eventually to Missouri where he hunted until he died in 1820.

Why is Boone, NC, Named After Daniel Boone?

Daniel Boone was a celebrity in his day and age. Historically, it’s hard to know whether or not many of the tales people told about Boone were real or simply fictional. Watauga County named the area, previously known as Councill’s store, Boone in honor of Daniel Boone who spent many hunting trips in the area according to High Country Host.

One niece of Daniel Boone, Anna, was said to have married in a log cabin one mile east of Boone. His nephew, Jesse, also supposedly lived at the top of the Blue Ridge.

Daniel Boone Landmarks in Boone

There are several Daniel Boone landmarks in Boone you can visit.

You can visit seven different trail sites on the NC Daniel Boone Heritage Trail in Watauga County.

  1. Daniel Boone Cabin Monument, Rivers Park, 101 Clay House Dr. Boone, N.C.
  2. Meat Camp and Elk Knob State Park, 5564 Meat Camp Rd, Todd, N.C.
  3. Streetside Marker at Watauga County Courthouse, 842 W. King St. Boone, N.C.
  4. Daniel Boone with Hunting Dogs Statue – Appalachian State Duck Pond, Rivers Street, Boone, N.C.
  5. Boone Trail Highway Marker, Registration No. 10 in Sugar Grove, 1081 Old Hwy. 421, Sugar Grove, N.C.
  6. Boone’s Trace, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 285.1
  7. Boone Trail Highway Marker, Registration No. 26, Blowing Rock, 1094 Main St.

Resources for you to consider:
https://wncmagazine.com/feature/real_daniel_boone https://ncdanielboonetrail.org/

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!