A free program on one of America’s most-famous pioneers will be held this week by the Surry County Historical Society.
“We have an exciting presentation by Randell Jones, ‘In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone,”’ announced Dr. Annette Ayers, the group’s president. Jones has authored multiple books on Boone.
His presentation is scheduled Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Edwards-Franklin House, located at 4132 Haystack Road, Mount Airy.
That can be considered a highly appropriate location for the program since the house was in existence during Boone’s lifetime (1734-1820).
“Randell is an engaging speaker,” Ayers added of the award-winning author and storyteller who will speak there.
Jones’ program is coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Boone’s initial expedition into Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap, which is 11 months away in May 2019. This portal through the barrier mountains became America’s first gateway to the West.
Boone wore many hats, as noted by the author, which included those of market hunter, frontier guide, wilderness scout, master woodsman, expert marksman, Indian fighter, militia leader, surveyor, land speculator, judge, sheriff, coroner, elected legislator, merchant, tavern keeper, prisoner of war, husband and father.
In Jones’ view, Daniel Boone led one of the fullest and most-eventful lives in American history, including 21 years in North Carolina, with the upcoming presentation at the Edwards-Franklin House offering the opportunity to explore his many adventures.
Thursday night’s event is free and open to the public, with refreshments to be served.