Zionville, North Carolina

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Unincorporated community
Zionville is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°20′05″N 81°44′35″W / 36.33472°N 81.74306°W / 36.33472; -81.74306Coordinates: 36°20′05″N 81°44′35″W / 36.33472°N 81.74306°W / 36.33472; -81.74306
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Watauga County
Elevation 3,209 ft (978 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28698
Area code(s) 828
GNIS feature ID 1023353[1]

Zionville in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. The community lies at the North Carolina/Tennessee state line, between Boone and Mountain City, along Old US Highway 421.


Zionville is the location where the Old Buffalo Trail and Danial Boone's Trail intersect before reaching Trade, Tennessee, just across the border. In 1836, the Zionville Baptist Church was established.[2] In 1866, Tom Dula stopped at the home of Colonel James Grayson and worked at his farm for a few days; authorities from Wilkes County came soon after searching Tom Dula for the murder of Laura Foster. He was later found west of Mountain City and was sent back for trial.[3]

In 1921, NC 60 was established, following Daniel Boone's Trail from Zionville to Boone; the highway then continued east to Castle Hayne (near Wilmington). From 1930-'32, the route was overlapped with US 321, it was soon replaced in 1932 by US 421. In late 1934, NC 60 was decommissioned. In 1962 or 1963, US 421 was moved east to its current alignment, bypassing Zionville.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Zionville, North Carolina". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Zionville Baptist Church". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  3. ^ Sakowski, Carolyn (2011). Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads. John F. Blair. ISBN 978-0-89587-559-4. 
  4. ^ "NCRoads.com Annex: N.C. 60". Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ "NCRoads.com Annex: US 421". Retrieved 2011-09-07.