Fort Crider


On the evening of September 29, 1780, the militiamen from Surry and Wilkes counties riding under Major Joseph Winston and Colonel Benjamin Cleveland camped at the site of Fort Crider (also Cryder and Grider.) They had ridden that day from their encampment the night before at the mouth of Elk Creek along the Yadkin River, near today's Ferguson, NC.

The site of Fort Crider is occupied today by the former Lenoir High School, now a private residential complex.

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Site of Fort Crider

Photograph by Randell Jones, 2011

The site of Fort Crider is in today's Lenoir, NC, named for General William Lenoir. The community was previously known as Tucker's Barn. The marker for Fort Crider is on the southwest corner of Harper Street and Willow Street. [View Additional File Details]

DAR marker of Fort Crider

Photograph by Randell Jones, 2011

The Col. William Beall Chapter, NCSDAR, placed this marker for Fort Crider in 1925. [View Additional File Details]

Close up of Fort Crider marker

Photograph by Randell Jones

The marker reads: "Site of Fort Grider Revolutionary Soldiers Camped Here Enroute to Battle of Kings Mountain 1780 Erected by Col, William Beall Chapter, D.A.R. 1925" [View Additional File Details]

"Birthplace of the OVNHT"

Photograph by Randell Jones, March 2, 2005

Pictured here are three men who each played a role in the establishment of the Overmountain Victory Trail and its designation by Congress as a national historic trail in 1980. Gary Everhardt (left) served as Director, National Park Service, under President Ford and President Carter. Senator James T. Broyhill (center), then U.S. Representative (1962-1984), introduced the legislation in 1977 to secure the Congressional designation. Harry J. Smith served as the Safety Marshal in the first OVT march in 1975 and as Grand Marshal in 1976. All three men attended Lenoir High School with their years there overlapping. They all knew each other from the community as children and youth. They are posing here in 2005, in the 30th year of the trail, in front of the former Lenoir High School, the site of Fort Crider. [View Additional File Details]

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“Fort Crider,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed February 28, 2021, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​58.​
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