This historic home, c. 1780-81, is listed on the Commemorative Driving Route for the National Park Service Overmountain National Historic Victory Trail. Joseph McDowell was a member of the Overmountain Men, traveling with Col. Charles McDowell’s regiment to the Watauga settlements in September, 1780 and on to Kings Mountain in pursuit of British Major Patrick Ferguson’s Loyalist regime. McDowell County is named in his honor.
Plans are being made to restore the home and grounds. The project will also be included in the county-wide greenway project, Phase II, following the Catawba River between Lake James and Old Fort. This historic home will serve to interpret the McDowell family history, the history of McDowell County and provide access to the Catawba River Greenway and canoe launch.
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Directions: I-40 to Exit 85/Highway 221 North, drive North on Hwy. 221, turning left at intersection of By-Pass Hwy. 221/226 continue driving North. At intersection of Highway 70, turn right onto Hwy. 70. House is on left between Sonic Drive-In and Kentucky Fried Chicken.