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Native Americans lived along the Yadkin River and crossed at the Trading Ford thousands of years ago. The importance of this major river crossing continues to this day.

In 2003, Rowan county celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding; old Rowan initially included most of western North Carolina and extended to the Mississippi River.

This was a fitting time to begin the preservation of the historic Trading Ford area, which today stretches along both sides of the Yadkin River in Rowan and Davidson counties.

Here you will find the story of this area, and the organization which strives to save it for the future.



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Trading Ford:  Ten thousand years of American History in Piedmont North Carolina

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Please contact us if you'd like to receive email updates about the Trading Ford area: preservation at trading-ford dot org