Historic Boone Walking Tour

Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Boone

Historic Boone Walking Tour

Boone, North Carolina 28607, United States

Created By: Jones House

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The Town of Boone started with a grant from King George III to Jordan Councill. It developed as a small mountain community around a store that later generations built. The community grew as a place to sell cattle and it was called Councill’s Store.

After the forming of the United States it became part of Wilkes County, then part of Ashe County in 1799. Postal service began in 1809 and a post office was built in 1823. In 1849 the legislature created Watauga County and the community was renamed Boone in 1850, after Daniel Boone. At that time, the streets were laid out. The two East and West streets were King and Queen and the North-South streets were Burnsville and Water Streets. Burnsville Road was changed to Depot Street when the Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina (Tweetsie) train depot was built in 1918. Boone was incorporated as a town in 1872.

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Built in 1908 by Dr. John Walter Jones, this Queen Anne style home sits prominently in the heart of Boone. The house served as the Jones family home and Dr. Jones’ medical offices until his untimely death in 1925. After the loss of her hu... Read more
Currently known as the Mast General Store, this building has held various storefronts throughout the years including a café, radio station, beauty salon, and Belk Department Store. It’s most associated with Hunt’s Department Store, whi... Read more
Arthel “Doc” Watson (1923-2012), an 8-time Grammy winner, was born down the road in Deep Gap and always remained “Just One of The People,” as this sculpture states. Blind since infancy, Doc played his guitar at local spots like the ... Read more
The downtown Boone Post Office was dedicated on April 10, 1940 with a crowd of more than 3,000 people. This was originally the site of JD “Crack” Councill’s house, whose ancestors operated the first post office in Boone, beginning in ... Read more
This house sits on the site of the first courthouse in Watauga County, which burned down in 1873. The original well for the courthouse is still on the property as well as the springhouse, the interior of which features graffiti from importa... Read more
A café and gathering place for the members of the Junaluska community once occupied the building that is today home to the Austin and Barnes Funeral Home’s storage facility. In the 1940s and ’50s, the Chocolate Bar was a “thriving bu... Read more
While the current library building was built in 1997, libraries in Boone date back to the end of the nineteenth century. In 1889 an editorial in the Watauga Democrat urged the creation of a circulating library for the use of the county’s ... Read more
Built in 1922, this building with its prominent neoclassical elements, housed the Watauga County Bank. The night deposit box is still visible to the left of what used to be the main entrance. Farmers Hardware was a quintessential part of do... Read more
The Rivers Printing Company building, built in 1933, originally housed the offices and print shop of the “Watauga Democrat,” a local paper. First published in 1888, R.C. “Bob” Rivers ran the newspaper from 1889 until his death in 19... Read more
American ginseng, which grows wild in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountain, is a highly prized root in Asia. The root of the ginseng plant was so highly prized in China for its medicinal uses that it was harvested in Asia almost to extin... Read more
This marker was originally placed at the 1902 Courthouse by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1915 to mark the 1775 route of the Daniel Boone Trail from Statesville, NC to Kentucky, a distance of 400 miles. 
The current courthouse is the fourth courthouse building for Watauga County. Constructed in 1967, the building was originally set back from the street but the front addition was added sometime in the late 1970s. The original courthouse, whi... Read more
On a raid through western North Carolina in March of 1865, General George Stoneman successfully fought a skirmish in Boone. Coinciding with the historic raids of General Sherman, the overall purpose of this march was to hasten the close of ... Read more
The Watauga County Jail was constructed in 1889, and served this purpose until 1925. It was designed by a contractor from Kentucky named William Stephenson and cost $5,000. Few, if any, of the original elements from the jail remain. In 1937... Read more
The Town of Boone is named for Daniel Boone, and this monument was originally erected in October 1912 with funds raised by Mayor Lewis Bryan. It was built to mark the location of a cabin where it was thought that Boone stayed during his hun... Read more
This two-story stone house, built in the late 1930s for RL Clay. Mr. Simpson, an African American contractor, was responsible for its construction. In 1945 it was purchased by Robert Campbell Rivers, Jr., publisher of the Watauga Democrat. ... Read more
The Linville River Railroad ran from Boone to Cranberry, where it hooked up with the rest of the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad. Rail in Boone lasted from 1918 through 1940. The tracks ran along the road here out to ro... Read more
Originally a bus station, this building is now home to Appalachian State University’s George G. Beasley Media Complex. The original building, built in 1945, formerly held a radio station as well as a roller rink on the second floor. The s... Read more
Dedicated in 2005, Jimmy Smith Park honors the work and legacy of Boone town council member and Appalachian State University professor, Jimmy Smith. He was well known in the community and across the state for his work in higher education. A... Read more
During the month of August 1940, over 21 inches of rain fell across the mountain region, including a 48-hour period where eight inches fell in downtown Boone. Throughout the area, massive flooding washed out large portions of the tracks. Th... Read more
Boone Creek, also known as Kraut Creek, is a designated trout stream that flows through downtown Boone and into the South Fork of the New River. Throughout the 1900s, Carolina Mountain Shredded Kraut factory, which was the leading producer ... Read more
Footsloggers This building was originally constructed around 1937 and formerly held the Ford dealership after the building across the street began to be used as Town Hall. The curved building was a later addition to the complex. A large fir... Read more
This block of buildings has held a number of important Bonne businesses over the years. At the corner of King and Depot, the site of the Boone Mini-Mall, was the Crest five and dime store. Prior to this building’s construction in 1940, th... Read more
Ned Payne Austin (April 29, 1925 - February 10, 2007) was an American film actor and native of Watauga County, North Carolina. From 1952-1954 he portrayed Daniel Boone in the Horn in the West production. His acting credits include appearanc... Read more
Entitled "Time and Honor, and completed in 2018, the Watauga County Veterans Memorial was the dream of the High Country Chapter of Military Officers Association. The monument honors local veterans of all eras, from the Revolutionary War up ... Read more
Built in 1938, the Appalachian Theatre was Boone’s only example of Art Deco architecture and the High Country’s cultural hub. The theatre showed movies and hosted live performances such as the Foggy Mountain Boys, Minnie Pearl, and Doc ... Read more
During its heyday, the Daniel Boone Hotel was a popular destination for tourists and locals who attended the Sunday night dinners. In the early 1920s, a group of local leaders saw the need for a hotel to accommodate tourists and visitors to... Read more


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