The idea for such a trail sprang from the creative mind of the industrious Mrs. Lindsay Patterson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She served as chairman of the trail-marking effort and ushered the private project to completion with the participation of Daughters, volunteers, and advisors.
Trailing Daniel Boone
One hundred years ago, the
Daughters of the American Revolution left for us all a legacy of patriotic commemoration—Daniel Boone’s Trail.
During 1912-1915, the Daughters in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky erected 45 metal tablets across four hundred miles to honor the life of Daniel Boone and to mark for future generations his path through the Appalachian Mountain barrier, a path that enabled America’s Western Movement.
A patriotic public gathered to dedicate each marker, and newspapers eagerly wrote accounts of local ceremonies including the joint ceremony at Cumberland Gap attended by thousands. But the world did not stand still during this project, and the effort took place against a backdrop of the Progressive Era, including presidential elections, campaigns for temperance and equal suffrage, war in Europe, and the opening of the Panama Canal.
This is a story that has been too long forgotten, one resurrected now from the pages of century-old newspapers, the records of the DAR, and a diligent search across the countryside to find the 27 surviving markers and to discover what happened to the 18 which have disappeared.
Follow the Daughters . . .
as they mark Daniel Boone’s Trail.
Special offer for DAR members during 2012-2015
Help yourself—and DAR
Order copies for your chapter’s members all together and have them shipped to one location. We will contribute in your chapter’s name to your State Regent’s Project $3 per copy ordered in bulk (6 copies minimum.)
Trailing Daniel Boone retails for $19.95. Each member can write a check for $20 ($22 in NC) payable to Daniel Boone Footsteps. Each chapter can mail the checks to:together with a note including the one address to which the books are to be shipped. Mail checks and note to:
Daniel Boone Footsteps
1959 N. Peace Haven Rd., # 105
Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
We will ship the autographed copies in bulk and we will send a check to the treasurer for your state society, NSDAR, acknowledging your contribution to the State Regent’s Project. Chapters and Districts participating in this special offer and fostering contributions to the State Regent’s Project will be listed at www.danielboonefootsteps.com. This offer applies to all bulk sales (6 or more copies) shipped to any single address at the same time, so purchase copies for friends and as gifts. Offer continues through 2015. These sales help your state society, NSDAR.
Put your own DAR history to a new use today.
This offer, good through 2015, is for bulk orders of at least six (6) copies shipped to one location. Individual orders to be shipped directly to your own address are welcomed too, but are not eligible for the $3 contribution. Visit www.danielboonefootsteps.com to order individual copies online or mail a check to the address above.