By Rebecca Herman
We have reconnected the broken trail, said Gloria Malley Beauchamp, project coordinator, on Saturday October 25, during the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolutions (TSDAR) 100th anniversary rededication of the first Daniel Boone Trail marker in Trade.
In 1914, Mrs. Lindsey Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C. came up with an idea to honor Daniel Boone and other pioneers by placing 45 markers along a 400-mile trail to commemorate the journey that Boone walked from North Carolina on his way to Kentucky. Patterson began the work along with other DAR members from NC, TN, VA and KY to bring this idea to fruition.
The first marker in Tennessee was placed in Trade. Soon after, eight more markers were placed in Carter, Washington, and Sullivan counties. Through the years many of the markers had to be replaced or relocated due to weathering, vandalism, or construction.
TSDAR members are women who are direct descendants of patriots of the American Revolution who have a love for genealogy and American history. One of the missions of this group of women is historic preservation. Members strive to restore and maintain historical sites, place monuments that recognize important people and events in American history, and preserve genealogical records, artifacts, and historical documents and make these items available to the public. TSDAR is open to women who are 18 or older and can prove that they are related by blood to someone who aided in achieving American independence. (www.dar.org)
The rededication was sponsored by TSDAR and the Samuel Doak Chapter, out of Morristown, TN. The event began with a greeting from TSDAR Regent Susan Rogers Thomas and was followed with music by a local bluegrass band, The Crossroads. The Tennessee State Sons of the American Revolution (SOR) Color Guard held the Presentation of Colors led by drummer Chase McGlamery. All in attendance stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, sung by Katy Copenhaver Davidson from the Samuel Doak Chapter.
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By Rebecca Herman