Fort Defiance


William Lenoir lived in the Yadkin River Valley and served in the Wilkes County Militia under Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. His home on the Upper Yadkin River was built in 1792 near the site of his fortified home of the same name which he occupied during the American Revolution. Lenoir served as a lieutenant in the militia during General Rutherford's Expedition against the Cherokees in 1776. He was later captain and major, rising eventually to general. He kept a journal during Rutherford's 1776 expedition as he did during the campaign in pursuit of Ferguson in 1780.

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The 1792 Home of General William Lenoir

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The home of General William Lenoir is along NC Hwy 268 in the Upper Yadkin River valley about 5 miles north of US Hwy 321 near Lenoir, NC. House tours and living history interpretations are offered. For more information, visit [View Additional File Details]

Fort Defiance entrance

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Fort Defiance NC is located along US Hwy 268 in the upper Yadkin River valley north of Lenoir, NC. [View Additional File Details]

Students join in Living History experiences at Fort Defiance NC

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Fort Defiance offers living history lessons for school groups. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Fort Defiance,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed April 10, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​36.​
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