Fraser’s Ridge Expedition

Fraser's Ridge Expedition

2022 Tours
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Fraser's Ridge Expedition One-Day Auto Tour

The history lover's tour! Depending upon the date, our first stop will be at either Leatherwood Mountain Resort or Whippoorwill Village Academy. On July 10, July 17 and August 7 will be at Leatherwood Mountain Resort where we'll hear from a member of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association who will tell us about the Overmountain Men (who will be featured in "Bees"). On the July 31 tour, we'll participate in a historic tour of Whippoorwill Village Academy where several old North Carolina buildings have been saved, moved and restored. Regardless of the date, we'll enjoy a mouth-watering meal together for lunch outside in the fresh Carolina backcountry air. Next, we'll step back in time to visit Fort Defiance, a historic home built by Revolutionary War hero General William Lenoir in 1792. After admiring this beautifully restored home, we’ll head to the Hickory Ridge Living Museum to explore what life was like when the Western North Carolina high country was first being settled. From there, we'll travel to The Blowing Rock to marvel at the immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level. For a brief respite, we’ll travel to Grandfather Mountain Winery on the banks of the Watauga River to enjoy a glass of wine of your choosing in a souvenir glass. This will be followed by a hearty meal at the infamous Dan'l Boone Inn Restaurant. The day will end as it began with another trip back in time to the 18th Century North Carolina high country as we enjoy the outdoor drama, Horn in the West, which has many ties to the Regulator movement!.

All-Inclusive One-Day Tour

ALL admission prices, meals, tips, souvenir glasses, and non-alcoholic beverages (except as indicated) are included in your one-day ticket price.

Your Guides

Beth & Carolyn are honored to be your guides as we discover Fraser's Ridge. They'll be more than happy to discuss all things Outlander with you as we travel together through the NC stones. Read more about their Outlandish story by clicking on the "Your Guides" title above.


Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we will be touring the area "caravan" style. Follow us in the comfort of your own vehicle as we visit Fraser's Ridge.


If you'd like to spend more than a day in the area, you may want to begin your stay on Friday night in Wilkes County and end your stay on Saturday night in the Boone area. Click the "Accommodations" title above for links to places to stay in both areas. *Accommodations are NOT included in the ticket price.*

Safety Precautions

We want YOU to stay healthy & well! That's why masks will be required at the direction of the CDC and North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper. Locations on this tour have uneven terrain and/or require climbing & physical endurance and are NOT suitable for those with mobility restrictions.

What To Bring

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Also, please bring along a folding chair or camp chair & rain gear. In the event you would like to make incidental purchases throughout the day or additional alcoholic beverages, please bring a method of payment. Camera or cellphone for photo taking. FULL tank of gas.

What To Not To Bring

NO children under 13 years of age. The ringer on your cellphone (please silence cellphones when with the group). Besides, cellphone service is unavailable in many areas on the Ridge. NO Tips of any kind!

Trip Itinerary

Meet Up In Wilkesboro, NC
We’ll start our morning in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, “where the mountains begin”.
Stop #1 - Leatherwood Mountain Resort or Whippoorwill Academy Village
We’ll begin our day at either Leatherwood Mountain Resort or Whippoorwill Village Academy.

*On July 10, 17 and August 7, the tour will start at Leatherwood Mountain Resort where we’ll hear from a member of the Overmountain Victory Trail who will tell us all about the Overmountain Men who would have marched nearby on their way to The Battle of King’s Mountain.

*On the July 31 tour, we’ll participate in a guided tour of historic Whippoorwill Village where several 18th & 19th century buildings have been saved, moved and restored, including Daniel Boone’s hunting lodge. Regardless of the date, we’ll enjoy a fabulous meal together for lunch outside in the fresh Carolina backcountry air.
Stop #2 - Historic Fort Defiance House Tour
In 1780, the name Fort Defiance belonged not to the house that currently stands, but to a fort not far from this location. William Lenoir resided in the fort and had joined the Patriot militia under Benjamin Cleveland. As the Overmountain Men traveled down the Yadkin River Valley on their way to Kings Mountain, they stopped in the area of the fort to make camp on the night of September 28th. Some believe that the men may have camped in a grove of trees located behind the historic house. William Lenoir kept a journal during the campaign and gained notoriety after the Battle at Kings Mountain for his accounts. When the house was finished in 1792 William Lenoir decided to keep the name Fort Defiance for his new home. The house has over 300 pieces of original furnishings and historic household items. ​
Stop #3 - Hickory Ridge Living Museum
Located in Boone, the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is a series of six historic 18th & 19th century log cabins, each representing different aspects of life in the back country during the settlement period of the colonial era. Find out what life was like when the Western North Carolina high country was first being settled. Educators and tour guides will lead us in an immersive experience through these six historic cabins, complete with artifacts and furnishings. Hickory Ridge History Museum strives to recreate the atmosphere of a small mountain community (i.e., Fraser’s Ridge) to show guests about the daily lives of our colonial ancestors. Staffed with historic interpreters in period clothing, Hickory Ridge History Museum’s series of authentic, historic cabins give visitors a glimpse into the past and a feeling for the daily lives of early mountain settlers.
Stop #4 - The Blowing Rock
The Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction, is a rocky outcropping near the village of Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock sits at 4000 feet above sea level overlooking Johns River Gorge. The prevailing wind blows through the gorge toward The Blowing Rock. There, at the end of the gorge, the wind’s path of least resistance is up the steep slopes surmounted by the outcropping, resulting in a nearly vertical and typically strong wind. The legend of the Blowing Rock is that a Cherokee brave leapt from the rock into the wilderness below, only to have a gust of wind return him to his lover on top of the rock and it is from this location that it is said that snow falls backwards. Your camera will be busy on this stop!
Stop #5 - Grandfather Mountain Winery
We’ll travel to Grandfather Mountain Winery on the banks of the Watauga River to enjoy a glass of wine of your choosing in a souvenir glass. The ultimate afternoon delight down by the water!
Stop #6 - Dinner at Dan'l Boone Inn
For over 50 years, Dan’l Boone Inn has been serving Boone and the high country delicious homecooked meals, just like you remember at Grandma’s house. Their family style meals begin with a salad. Three meats and five vegetables are served along with biscuits, preserves, dessert and a beverage.
Stop #7 - Horn In The West Outdoor Drama
Get ready for another exciting trip back in time at America’s longest running Revolutionary War drama, Horn In The West. We will travel to the 18th Century North Carolina high country at the time when the 13 colonies threw off British rule to establish the United States of America. The play pays tribute to the courage and determination of the early settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny. The story tells of the lives of these mountain people during the turbulent years of the War for Independence, including the legendary Daniel Boone, for whom the town is named. Since 1952, Horn in the West has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of Americans. Loved by young and old alike, Horn in the West is located in the heart of Boone, North Carolina in the beautiful 35-acre Daniel Boone Park.

Tour Dates

~ July 17, 2021 ~ SOLD OUT! ~ July 31, 2021 ~ SOLD OUT! ~ August 7, 2021 ~ *Pick Your Date When You Reserve!

Tour Pricing

All Day Tour
  • Overmountain Men at Leatherwood or Guide Tour at Historic Whippoorwill
  • Fabulous Meal in the Fresh Carolina Backcountry Air
  • Guided Tour of Fort Defiance
  • Guided Tour of Hickory Ridge Living History Museum
  • Admission To The Blowing Rock
  • Wine at Grandfather Winery With Souvenir Glass
  • Family Style Dinner at Dan'l Boone Inn
  • Premiere Seating For Horn In The West Outdoor Drama
  • *Tour Itinerary Subject To Change Without Notice*
  • **We must have at least 10 people to sign up for the tour in order to proceed. If 10 people do not sign up, your money will be refunded to you or you may transfer to another tour.**
  • AUGUST 6!

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