Horn in the West
Horn in the West, the nation's oldest Revolutionary War drama, is performed in a beautiful outdoor theater in Boone, North Carolina.
Horn in the West pays tribute to the courage and determination of the early immigrant settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny, and the story tells of the lives of these mountain people during the turbulent years of the War for Independence. The most famous character portrayed in the drama is Daniel Boone, for whom the town is named.
Horn in the West is performed in the 2,500-seat Daniel Boone Theater, which has been described as the best outdoor theater in the eastern United States. Students from the North Carolina State University School of Design sculpted the theater out of rugged terrain, creating a special performance venue to both fit the staging directions of the drama and blend in with the mountain landscape.
Over 1.4 million people have seen Horn in the West since it opened in 1952. The script was written by Dr. Kermit Hunter, who also authored the original Cherokee drama Unto These Hills and 40 other historical productions.
The grounds of Horn in the West are home to other attractions and events as well, including the Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum, Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Powderhorn Theater, Southern Appalachian Historical Association, and Halloween Civil War reenactments. The Watauga County Farmers' Market is held on site every Saturday between May and November, and on Wednesdays as well from mid-June to mid-September.
Hours of Operation
The 2011 season will be June 17 - August 13, Tuesday through Sunday. Curtain Time at 8:00 pm.
Adult ticket: $18
Child ticket: $9
Discounts are available (call for more information).
Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
The grounds of Horn in the West are located on Horn Avenue, just off NC 105 in downtown Boone, NC.
Horn in the West
PO Box 295
Boone, NC 28607
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