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Mulberry Fields

A Moravian surveying party passed through the area in 1752, and documented that a Cherokee Indian village stood in the old fields. The Cherokee translation for Mulberry Fields is "Keowee." Keowee was often used by the Cherokees as a place name during the colonial Period. During the Revolutionary War, the Mulberry Fields area was a common mustering site for the Wilkes county Militia. The Mulberry Meeting House was a common meeting place to discuss local government issues of the day.

Mulberry Fields became Wilkesboro in 1800 when the town was laid out by William Lenoir. Lenoir refused to allow the town to be named after himself. Later, following his death, the next town up the road was named for Lenoir.

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