411 Directory

The 411

Unless otherwise noted, all area codes are 828.

History

Historians note that this area was originally explored in 1752 by Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg of Pennsylvania, who was seeking land in “the back country” of North Carolina for Moravian colonists to settle. Although the Cherokee Indians had hunted seasonally in this region, the first permanent settlers came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England. Jordan Council established a store in what is now downtown Boone at that time, one of the first permanent structures in the area.

Watauga County was formed in 1849, and the Town of Boone, which was incorporated in 1872, was named for the legendary Daniel Boone, who first explored and hunted in the region during the 1760s.

Location

Boone, located in the Heart of the High Country, is the premier quality of life community of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Consistently ranked as one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” Boone is a bustling university town and the center of tourism, commerce, and politics for Watauga County and the High Country. Known for its excellence in health care, education, shopping and the arts, Boone offers a palette of opportunity surrounded by four seasons of changing scenery.

Watauga County in northwestern North Carolina has a land area of 313 square miles adjoining Tennessee. Elevations range from 2,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level, one of the highest counties in all of North Carolina. Boone, the county seat, has an area of about 4 square miles and an average altitude of 3,333 feet.

Boone is a comfortable drive from I-77, I-81 and I-40 and is served by four major highways that intersect in Boone: U.S. 421, U.S. 321 (major construction under way), U.S. 221 and N.C. 105.

Distance in miles to Boone from:

Hickory, N.C. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………45

Winston-Salem, N.C. ………………………………………………………………..…………………………87

Asheville, N.C. ……………………………………………………………………………….…………………88

Charlotte, N.C. …………………………………………………………………………..……………………102

Greensboro, N.C. ……………………………………………………………………..………………………115

Greenville, S.C. …………………………………………………………………….…………………………158

Knoxville, Tenn. ………………………………………………………………………………………………160

Raleigh, N.C. ……………………………………………………………….…………………………………188

Atlanta, Ga. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………300

Wilmington, N.C. ……………………………………………..………………………………………………313

Richmond, Va. ………………………………………………………………………………………..………315

Washington, D.C. ……………………………………………………………………………………….……415

New York, N.Y. ……………………………………………………………………….………………………633

Chicago, Ill. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………665

 

Climate/Weather

Boone’s climate is temperate with comfortable summers, crisp autumns, cold winters, and crisp, green spring times. Our website features accurate weather data and the most reliable forecasts all year round: www.booneweather.com

Annual Climatological Summary

Month High Low Rain Snow

Jan. 42˚ 21˚ 3.9” 10.00”

Feb. 45˚ 23˚ 3.9” 9.00”

March 52˚ 29˚ 4.65” 5.00”

April 61˚ 37˚ 4.49” 3.00”

May 70˚ 46˚ 4.61”

June 76˚ 54˚ 5.08”

July 79˚ 78˚ 4.72”

August 78˚ 57˚ 5.08”

Sept. 72˚ 50˚ 4.41”

Oct. 63˚ 40˚ 3.54”

Nov. 54˚ 31˚ 4.49”    1.00”

Dec. 44˚ 24˚ 3.78” 6.00”

Total 52.65” 34.00”

 

Taxes

Sales Tax ………………………………………………………………….……………………………… 6.75%

State portion ………………………………………………………………………………………………4.75%

Town & County ……………………………………………………………………………………………2.00%

Lodging Tax

Boone ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6.0%

Beech Mountain …………………………………………………………………………………………… 6.0%

Blowing Rock ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 6.0%

Seven Devils …………………………………………………………………………………..…………… 6.0%

Unincorporated areas of Watauga County …………………………..……………………………………6.0%

Property Tax

(Rates based per $100 valuation)

Watauga County ……………………………………………………………………………………………$.313

Boone …………………………………………………………………………………………………………$.37

Blowing Rock …………………………………………………..……………………………………………$.28

Beech Mountain ………………………………………..……………………………………………………$.64

Seven Devils …………………………………………………………………………………………………$.51

For updates and information:

Watauga County Tax Administrator ………………………………………………………………… 265-8021

Licenses

Vehicle License

N.C. License Plate Agency

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

331 Queen St., Boone …………………………………………………………………………268-2315

***Vehicle registration and license tags must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a North Carolina resident.

Driver’s License

N.C. Driver’s License Office, Mutton Crossing, 4469 Bamboo Rd …….…………………………… 265-5384

***Must be obtained within 60 days of North Carolina residency. A written exam, vision test, proof of insurance, license from former residence and a road test are required for new drivers.

Marriage License

Watauga County Register of Deeds

Watauga County Courthouse, 842 W. King St., Suite 9, Boone….………….……….…..… 265-8052

A birth certificate, Social Security card and driver’s license are required for individuals below the age of 21. Parental permission is required for those below the age of 18. Documentation if recently divorced. Two witnesses are required at proceedings. Fee is $50.

Government

Watauga County,

Watauga County Manager’s Office, 814 W King St #205, Boone……………………………265-8000

Watauga County Courthouse, 842 W King St #13, Boone……………………………..…… 268-6600

***Watauga County operates under a county commission-manager government. The Board of Commissioners has five members, nominated from separate districts and elected countywide. Terms are staggered. The board meets twice a month in the commissioners meeting room at the courthouse.

Town of Boone

Boone Town Hall, 567 W. King St., Boone ………………………………………………… 268-6200

Boone operates under a council-manager form of government with a five-member council and a mayor who determine policy for the town. A professional manager implements policy. The council meets once a month in Town Council Chambers, 1500 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone.

Town of Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Town Hall, 1036 Main St., Blowing Rock, 28608…………………………… 295-5200

Town of Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain Town Hall, 403 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Beech Mountain, 28607……… 387-4236

Town of Seven Devils

Seven Devils Town Hall, 1356 Seven Devils Rd., Seven Devils, 28607…….……………… 963-5343

Public Safety

Emergency

Police, fire, ambulance or rescue ……………………………………………………………………911

Non-Emergency

Boone Police …………………………………………………..………………………………268-6959

Blowing Rock Police ………………………………………………………….……………… 295-5210

Watauga County Sheriff ……………………………………………………………………… 264-3761

Appalachian State University Police …………………………………………………………262-2150

Boone Fire Department ……………………………………………………………………… 268-6180

Carolina Poison Control ……………………………………….……………………… (800) 222-1222

Watauga County Crimestoppers …………………….……………………………………… 268-6959

Utilities

Electricity

New River Light & Power Co., 220 Winklers Creek Road, Boone ……………………….…264-3671

Serves Boone and Appalachian State University (ASU)

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., 2491 U.S. 421, Boone………………………………264-8894

Serves Watauga County (outside Boone and ASU)

Water & Sewer

Town of Boone Utility Billing Department, 567 W. King St., Boone ………………….…… 268-6220

Solid Waste Management

Watauga County

Sanitation Department ……………………………………………………………… 264-5305

Watauga County operates staffed container sites throughout the county.

Republic Services ………………………………………..……………………………………264-3689

Town of Boone ………………………………………………………………..………………262-6230

High Country Waste Solutions ………………………………………….……………………963-8965

Telephone/Telecommunications

AT&T

Residential ………………………………….………………………………… (800) 288-2020

Business Service ………………………………….…………………………… (866) 620-6900

Skyline Telephone Membership Corp. ………..……………………… (800) 759-2226 or 963-1350

Health care

Medical Facilities

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

336 Deerfield Rd., Boone  …..…….…………….…………….……………… (800) 443-7385

Blowing Rock Hospital & Skilled Nursing Facility

418 Chestnut Dr., Blowing Rock …….………….……………….…….…………… 295-3136

Charles A. Cannon Jr. Memorial

Hospital, 434 Hospital Dr., Linville ………………..………………………… (828) 737-7000

AppUrgent Care

2146 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone …………………….………………………………… 265-5505

FastMed Urgent Care

178 Hwy 105 Ext. Boone ………………………….………………………………… 265-7146

Watauga County Health Department,

126 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone ……………..………………………………… 264-6635

Extended Care/Assisted Living/Nursing Homes

Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living

287 Bamboo Rd., Boone ………………………………………………………………264-0336

Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation

211 Milton Brown Heirs Rd., Boone …………………………………………………264-6720

Life Care Center of Banner Elk

185 Norwood Hollow Rd., Banner Elk ……………………………….………………898-5136

Retirement Living

Appalachian Brian Estates

163 Shadowline Dr., Boone …………………………………… (800) 333-3432 or 264-1006

Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living

287 Bamboo Rd., Boone ……………………………………………..……………… 264-0336

Grace Ridge Retirement Community

500 Lenoir Rd., Morganton …………….…………………………………………… 580-7300

Rose Glen Village Retirement

Community, 407 W. Main St., Wilkesboro ………………………………… (336) 667-2952

Well Spring Retirement Community

4100 Wellspring Dr., Greensboro ……………………… (336) 545-5400 or (800) 547-5387

Education

Watauga County Board of Education

175 Pioneer Trail, Boone ……………………………………………….…………… 264-7190

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Watauga Campus ………………………………………..…………………………… 297-3811

Appalachian State University ……………………………………………………………..… 262-2000

Athletics….…………….…………….…………….…………….……………….……262-2000

Admissions………………………………………………………….………………… 262-2120

University News……………………………………………………………………… 262-2345

Lees-McRae College

191 Main St, Banner Elk NC 28604 ………………………………………………… 898-5241

Watauga County Public Library

140 Queen St, Boone NC 28607 ………………………………………..…………… 264-8784

Western Watauga County Library

1085 Old US Hwy 421, Sugar Grove NC 28679…..………………………………… 297-5515

Mountain Pathways Montessori School

453 Howard’s Creek Rd ………………………………………………………………262-5787

Grace Academy

471 New Market Blvd, Boone NC 28607 …………………………………………… 733-7830

Two Rivers Community School (K-8)

1018 Archie Carroll Rd, Boone NC 28607 ……………..…………………………… 262-5411

Other schools/educational programs:

Children’s Council of Watauga County ……………………………………………… 262-5424

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service ………………….………………… 264-3061

Media/Communications

Newspapers

High Country Press

130 N. Depot Street, Boone, 28607 …………….……………………………………………264-2262

www.hcpress.com

Mountain Times Publications

474 Industrial Park Dr., Boone, 28607 ……………………………………………………… 264-3612

http://www.wataugademocrat.com/mountaintimes/

Watauga Democrat

474 Industrial Park Dr., Boone, 28607 ……………………………………………………… 264-3612

www.wataugademocrat.com

Blowing Rocket

474 Industrial Park Dr., Boone, 28607 ……………………………………………………… 264-3612

http://www.wataugademocrat.com/blowingrocket/

Avery Journal-Times

335 Linville St, Newland, NC 2865 ……………………………………………………….… 733-2448

http://www.averyjournal.com/

Television

Charter Communications

755 George Wilson Rd., Boone, 28607 ……………………………………………… (877) 728-3814

www.chartercom.com

Mountain Television Network

(MTN) Cable Channel 18,

643-F Greenway Rd., Boone, 28607….. (828) 262-0990

www.mtn18.com

Radio

High Country Radio, operates six radio stations.

738 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone ………………………………………………………… 264-2411

WECR 102.3 FM – Country

WXIT 1200 AM – NewsTalk

WECR 1130 AM – Gospel

WATA 1450 AM – News/Talk and Oldies

WMMY 106.1 FM – New Country

WZJS 100.7 – Classic Hits

Housing & Real Estate

Contact the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at 264-2225 or visit its website at www.boonechamber.com for a complete and up-to-date listing of member businesses under the Real Estate category. You can also contact the High Country Association of Realtors, 262-5437 or visit www.highcounrtyrealtors.org.

Post Offices

Boone

680 W. King St., Boone …………………………………..……………………………………262-1171

1544 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone ……………………………………………………………… 264-3813

Vilas

6141 US Hwy 421 N, Vilas NC 28692……………………………………………………… 297-2681

Banner Elk

155 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604………………..……………………………… 898-4334

Blowing Rock

977 Main St, Blowing Rock NC 28605 ……………….……………………………………… 295-3589

Linville

4235 Mitchell Ave, Linville NC 28646…………………………………………………… 733-5745

Fleetwood

910 Railroad Grade Rd, Fleetwood NC 28626 ……………………………………… (336) 877-4764

Sugar Grove

1205 US Hwy 321 N, Sugar Grove NC 28679-9284………………………………………… 297-3361

Todd

4021 Todd Railroad Grade Rd, Todd NC 28684 ……………………….…………… (336) 877-4444

Zionville

12416 US Hwy 421 N, Zionville NC 28698-9998…………………………………….…… 297-24441

Transportation

Air Haven Limousine Service ………………………………………………………………………265-2504

AppalCART ………………………………………….….…………….………………………264-CART (2278)

Free local public bus and scheduled van transportation.

The Hickory Hop …………………………………….…………….………………………………… 327-2340

PART (Piedmont Authority of Regional Transport) ….………… ….………… ….………..(336) 662-0002

Bus service to/from Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

Coach America ………………………….…………….………………………….…………… (707) 596-2222

Bus service to/from Boone, Lenoir, Hickory, Lincolnton, Gastonia and Charlotte.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car ……………….…………….………………………………………………… 268-9761

Area Commercial Airports

Tri-Cities Regional, TN

60 miles …………….…………….…………………………………………………… (423) 325-6000

Asheville Regional

95 miles …………………………….…………….…………………………………… (828) 687-9446

Charlotte Douglas International

100 miles ………………………….…………….…..………………………………… (704) 359-4000

Piedmont Triad International, Greensboro

115 miles ……………………….…………….…..…………………………………… (336) 852-6450

Hickory Regional

55 miles …………………….…………….…………………………………………… (828) 323-7408

Morganton-Lenoir Regional

50 miles …………………………………………….…………….…………………… (828) 757-0099

Area Private Airports

Boone Airport…………………………………………………….…………….………(828) 265-3598

Employment Resources

Dept. of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions .………………………………………………265-5385

www.ncesc.com

On the Clock Employment Services …………………….……………………………………………265-1266

http://www.ontheclockboone.com/

Additional Information

Shipping cost including postage

Boone/Watauga County map …………………………………………………………………………$6

North Carolina map ………………………………………………..………………………………… $2

Blue Ridge Parkway map ……………………………….…………………………………………… $3

Telephone book ……………………………………………………………………………………… $7