Randell Jones is an author and storyteller. He is the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, winner of the 2006 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award, and the author of In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett. He produced On the Trail of Daniel Boone, the companion DVD. It received a 2006 Paul Green Multimedia Award from the NC Society of Historians. With his then-teenage daughter, he co-edited in 2004 Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State by Dr. HG Jones (no relation). A second edition was released in 2007.
During four years of intensive research and writing from 2007 into 2011, Randell created Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain and A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. He established Daniel Boone Footsteps to publish these two books. In 2012, he released Trailing Daniel Boone, the story of the DAR marking Daniel Boone's Trail from 1912-1915. That book received a Kentucky History Award in 2012 from the Kentucky Historical Society. In 2013, he was recognized with the National History Award Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his body of work. He received it in a ceremony in May 2014 attended by the President General.
Randell is an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers' Bureau of the NC Humanities Council since 2007. He is a past-president of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and consults with the National Park Service on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. He appears annually as a volunteer storyteller to school groups during Overmountain Victory Days sponsored by the National Park Service at the Museum of NC Minerals on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He appeared on the History Channel in a program about the Overmountain men.
In 2009, Randell was involved in the national celebration of the 275th anniversary of the birth of Daniel Boone, America's pioneer hero, presenting two programs at Boone’s birthplace. In 2006, he organized the region-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the marriage of Daniel Boone and Rebecca Bryan on Aug. 14, 1756 in today's Davie County, NC, not far from his home.
He lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife. He has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill. His ancestors lived in East Tennessee during the time David Crockett was there and he believes another was on the campaign with Colonel Andrew Lewis down the Kanawha River to what became the Battle of Point Pleasant in October 1774.
Randell speaks to groups of varying size on topics related to American heritage and North Carolina history. If you would like him to speak to your group, please contact him at
Featured Road Scholar - winter/spring 2013
Conversations magazine, NC Humanities Council
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