Daniel Boone Festival
Featuring local artisans, historical tours throughout the county, food, contests, live music, and a free children’s area with fun activities, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which runs from 10 a.m – 5 p.m.
Although the festival ends at 5 p.m., the free live entertainment continues until 8:30 p.m. on West Depot Street.
Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes, and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan.
The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and again at 2:15 p.m. Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.
These tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud his troops had to march through!).
A tour departing at 11:45 a.m. also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract, but adds tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.
The last tour, which departs at 1:15 p.m., takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull Hole; Veach’s Muster Ground; Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s gravesite; and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.
All tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.
Music and Entertainment All Day on West Depot Street
Grab your chair and head over to West Depot Street for a full day of entertainment. Each year’s line up features multiple bands performing a variety of styles of music sure to please music lovers of all ages.
We look forward to seeing you at the Daniel Boone Festival – Get specific information about each year’s entertainment and all the details on the Events section of our page!