Message from the Mayor
Welcome to Boone
From Mayor Rennie Brantz
When Boone was chartered as a town in 1875, there were 850 residents. Today we have over 19,000 citizens. The founders named our town after frontier explorer Daniel Boone who camped in this area in the 1760s. Much has changed since those early days, but we still revere our past as we embrace the future. My wife, Lana, and I experienced some of Boone's most sweeping changes since moving here in 1973. Our downtown is more vibrant and attractive, with first-rate restaurants, interesting shops and notable historic sites such as our Jones House Community Center and historic post office. In the evenings, you can now find varied musical entertainment, ranging from "old-time" mountain music at the Jones House on Thursday evenings to jazz and other musical styles at numerous downtown venues. Many visitors pause for a moment downtown to admire the recently dedicated Doc Watson sculpture honoring one of out musical; legends. Our Appalachian Theatre opened in October 2019 with a wide range of concerts, movies and plays.
Elsewhere in Boone, you will find manu citizens visiting the farmers' market on Saturdays during the summer and fall. For five weeks in the summer, Boone's Southern Appalachian Historical Association presents "Horn in the West", the second-oldest outdoor drama in the U.S. And throughout the year, there are downtown celebrations from Christmas Parades to our Halloween "Boo".
Appalachian State University has grown significantly in the last 45 years, adding enormously to our community with its wide range of cultural, intellectual and sporting events. The 19,000-plus students add energy, enthusiasm, new ideas and considerable public service in our community. As a retired professor of history at Appalachian, I am proud of what Appalachian's students, faculty and staff have contributed to our community.
Our outstanding schools, efficient municipal government and beautiful greenways and parks also contribute to the unique charm of Boone. In addition, visitors and residents can take advantage of the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the Tweetsie Railroad theme park. Boone is a very special place, whether you are hiking or rafting in the summer, skiing in the winter or enjoying our small town culture and atmosphere. And while here, you can always count on help from friendly people in Boone if you get lost or can't find your destination. Information is also available from the professional staff at Town Hall at 567 W. King St. or the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at 830 W. King St., Suite A.
I hope you enjoy your stay in "Boone My Hometown" and plan to visit us many times in the future.
- Rennie Brantz
Mayor of Boone