Boone's Cave Park
The American Frontiersman Daniel Boone is one of the most famous figures in early American History. When Squire Boone, Daniel's father, headed south to North Carolina in 1750, Boone's influence on North Carolina would begin.
The Boone Family would settle along the Yadkin River. Squire Boone would become a Justice of the Peace in a newly formed Rowan County in 1753. Daniel Boone would begin defending the Western North Carolina frontier from Indian attacks.
The early years of the Boone family in North Carolina are a mystery, specifically on where they settled.
|The series of caves that the Boone family allegedly inhabited and used when they first settled in North Carolina.|
Davidson County's Boone Cave Park is considered as one of the areas where the Boone family settled. Centuries of lure claim that the Boone's settled here along the eastern shores of the Yadkin River and utilized a small cave along the riverbank. It is thought that the Boone's used the cave for a variety of purposes - material storage and even taking shelter inside the cave while their homestead was being built.
|The Yadkin River is the western boundary of the park. The park is a popular canoe and kayak launch spot.|
Unfortunately, within the park's grounds, there has not been any trace of a homestead. No foundations or anything else that would be found in a frontier home during that time. However, there are a few historical records - deed transfers specifically - that could show that the Boone family did settle near the park. The Boone family would eventually settle in what is now Davie County near Mocksville later in the 1750s.
|Boone's Cave Park is home to one of the several Boone Trail Markers that can be found in North Carolina.|
Boone's Cave Park was established in 1909 and is one of the oldest public parks in North Carolina. The park is home to over 6 miles of hiking trails, scenic views of the Yadkin River, a disc golf course, canoe and kayak launch point, and camping.
|Boone's Cave is easily accessed via a staircase.|
Sources, Links & Further Reading:
- Boone's Cave Park ---Davidson County Parks & Recreation
- Daniel Boone @ NCPedia.com ---State Library of North Carolina
- Daniel Boone Legacy ---North Carolina Museum of History
- Daniel Boone ---Davidson County Historical Museum
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