On Monday, August 13, 2018, at 5:30pm, the Town of Boone, in conjunction with the Boone Historic Preservation Commission, will unveil a new historical marker highlighting the effects of the devastating 1940 flood on Boone and Watauga County. The marker will be located in Jimmy Smith Park, adjacent to Rivers Street and near the site of the former Linville River Railway Depot at Boone.
Boone Town Council and the Boone Historic Preservation Commission are expected to be on hand for the unveiling of the marker. The unveiling ceremony at Jimmy Smith Park is free and open to the public.
In addition to the marker unveiling, the Town of Boone will also be sponsoring a Lunch and Learn event hosted by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at the Hampton Inn at 11:30am on Wednesday, August 8. Dr. Eric Plaag, the chairperson of the Boone Historic Preservation Commission and the chairperson of the Digital Watauga Project, will be sharing images from the 1940 Flood and presenting his talk “Literally Washed Away.” Focusing on the flood’s effects on Downtown Boone, Dr. Plaag will discuss why the flood was so devastating and what we can still learn from this tragic event.
To reserve your seat for the Lunch and Learn, contact Wysteria White at the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce (firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-264-2225). Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can also be reserved through the Boone Chamber’s events calendar at http://boonechamber.com.