Fort San Juan

Fort San Juan

Built by Juan Pardo in
1567 at native town of
Joara. Served as Spanish
outpost until razed by
Indians. 1568.

This historic marker is located
at the intersection of
Hwy 181 and Bost Road.
It's on the N/W side of Morganton, N. C.

The remains of the outpost
is located about 4 miles away.

Continue on Bost Road from the
historic marker to stop sign
on Piedmont Road.
Turn left on Piedmont and go to
Henderson Mill Road on left.
Turn left and continue to
where you can bridge over
small creek and as the road curves
left, it is on the left.

Members of the Berry family pose with the newly unveiled historic marker for Fort San Juan on Saturday. Pictured from left are, Audrey Berry, Wyatt Knutson, Burton Berry, Owen Knutson, Pat Berry, Anne Berry Stephens, James Berry, Amanda Berry Knutson and Caleb Knutson

Published: August 16, 2009

Morganton - A dedication ceremony was held at the McDowell House on Saturday for the newest historical marker in Burke County.
According to Ron Martin, president of the Joara Foundation, the historic marker for Fort San Juan is the 12th in Burke County that is part of the North Carolina Historical Highway Marker Program.
It has been 20 years since Burke County has received the honor. The last two markers in the county were cast in 1989 for Broughton Hospital and The North Carolina School for the Deaf.
There are currently 1,538 historical markers in North Carolina, with at least one in each county.
The Berry family was on hand to do the honors of unveiling the marker. The Berry's own the land believed to be the native town of Joara and the Spanish settlement of Fort San Juan.
"Our family is honored to be a part of this 21st century exploration. We will remain faithful stewards of Fort San Juan," said Pat Berry.
The marker will be erected near the intersection of N.C. 181 and Bost Road on Monday.


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