Horn in the West: The Nation’s Oldest Revolutionary War Outdoor Drama

Horn in the West is one of the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War dramas, featuring the story of American pioneers who settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom from the British King.

Each night, a cast of more than 50 characters takes the stage at the Daniel Boone outdoor Amphitheatre for an evening of spectacular theatre, dance, and music that is perfect for the entire family.

Considered “one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful (theatre) in America,” the Horn in the West theatre has hosted over 1.4 million people since it opened in 1952. So beloved is the Horn in the West show that this year, TripAdvsior.com awarded it its 2014 Certificate of Excellence!

Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, Medicine Man – The amphitheater uses the surrounding natural elements of the Blue Ridge Mountains to help transport audiences more than 230 years to the North American frontier. The Horn in the West story follows the life of the fictional Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a prominent British physician, who comes to the Colony of Carolina with his wife and teenage son to study smallpox. In their travels, the family befriends Daniel Boone and the Cherokee Chieftain and his tribe. The play follows the family’s exploits as they become an integral part of the fight for liberty of the new nation.

Gardens and Farmer’s Market – The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, a beautiful outcropping of native flora of the Appalachian region, are also located on the Horn in the West Grounds; as is the Watauga County Farmer’s Market which features local crafts, fresh-farm fruits and vegetables, and operates every Saturday.

Also try dinner at the amphitheater offers a special “Dinner with Dan’l” featuring a delicious Southern cuisine buffet, catered by Dan’l Boone Inn, with fried chicken, country ham, biscuits, green beans, stewed apples and strawberry shortcake. The dinner is served before evening performances and is a wonderful way to perfect your evening at the Horn in the West.

Dr. Kermit Hunter wrote the script for Horn in the West and other historical productions featuring the southern settlement. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Hunter was a spokesman for the outdoor drama art form. He was an accomplished musician who attended the Julliard School of Music, and often composed the scores for his shows.