Boone, North Carolina: Hickory Ridge History Museum

Entrance to the Village
Friendly, costume adorned receptionist – many of the staff are locals who volunteer their time at the site.

This Village is set in the Revolutionary War era and the cabins authentic. This gives a different perspective to this time period and a great learning experience for adults and children.

Knowledgeable Spinning Staff

During the visit there was a memorial service for a volunteer who had passed. Aren’t the flowers lovely?

What a beautiful tribute..

On the property there are several other cabins as well as a blacksmith shop. However, my favorite was the tavern.

The Museum is an interesting step into history.

Take time for a visit.

Other Boone “Stuff”

On the way to Boone there are many farm stands along the way. They have everything from fruits and vegetables, to bird houses, and Amish furniture. Even if these items don’t tickle your fancy it is a fun and interesting stop.

Here are two other places you might wish to check out, especially if you have young children or teens who hate to be seen with their parents.

Tweetsie Railroad

This amusement park is rated 5 stars on many sites. It is a family oriented theme park with a steam engine ride, carousel rides, zoo, and, live entertainment. Locals who I work with have visited with their families, and it was memorable. Check it out.

Another view..

Sure looks like a fun place!!

Mystery Hill

This venue boasts 8 attractions for the price of one ticket. It has a gravity and bubbles venue, a history museum, gem mining, and did I mention ax throwing??? Something for everyone, more pictures..

Boone certainly has some fun attractions for all ages.

Horn in the West

While visiting the farmer’s market and seeking out a loo came across this venue in practice.

Upon further inquiry found there is an annual play conducted on the grounds of the history museum.

The Horn In The West is the third longest running outdoor drama in the United States. It is set during around the time of the Revolutionary War portraying a settler family who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Many locals are involved in this production which runs from June 25th through early August, Tuesday-Sunday. Gates open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 pm performance.

for more information and to obtain tickets

Here’s another picture of practicing singers..

Boone, North Carolina: Farmer’s Market, Daniel Boone Garden..

The Watauga Farmer’s Market was a delight. There were many organic farmers selling at this site along with a variety of other products. A vendor even sold orchids at this market – beautiful, and how I wish I could grow them… anyone out there have any ideas for me??

Let’s take a look, and if in the area, every Saturday from 8 a.m.

Some lucky lady is getting flowers…

Near the Farmer’s Market is the Daniel Boone Gardens. This natural garden is a loving tribute with short walks, spots to rest, meditate, or simply soak in the beauty.

Squire Boone’s Cabin – This authentic cabin was reconstructed on the Gardens after two mountain boys dragged the cabin logs through snake infested underbrush. It is typical of what Blue Ridge settlers used in the 1700’s.

And what a view in front of the cabin..

Walk the Fern Garden while visiting as it is quite unique.

Across the street from the grounds are a picnic area with a playground for children. Great spot for a get together.

Next: Hickory Ridge History Museum and the Horn in the West Play

Boone, North Carolina: Daniel Boone

This mountainous town lies in Watauga County, North Carolina. While unsure if Daniel Boone lived in this actual town, according to Auntie Google he used Western North Carolina as his home base and this is where hundreds of his descendants still reside. Born to Quaker parents in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he lived in Western North Carolina longer than any other state.

As an explorer he led family and settlers across the Mississippi into Indian lands. He was known for his hunting and trailblazing abilities and said to be educated and good natured. Interesting fact – he knew George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

This fascinating pioneer left us at 85 years of age becoming one of America’s greatest folk heroes. Let’s end this passage with a laugh from one of his quotes reflecting his honesty..

I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.