“Horn in the West,” the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama, brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and the hardy mountain settlers of this region in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the turbulent years before and during the War for Independence.
The drama highlights those settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny. Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a prominent British physician, comes to the Colony of Carolina to study the dreaded disease smallpox, bringing his wife, Martha, and their teenage son, Jack.
In May of 1771, a band of North Carolina colonists who call themselves “Regulators” take up arms against the British authorities and Governor William Tryon. After being soundly defeated at the Battle of Alamance Creek, the band of ragtag rebels and their families are forced to flee westward, into the wilderness, to avoid being captured and hanged. Captain MacKenzie, a brutal British officer, vows to hunt down all the Regulators. Jack Stuart, who rashly fought alongside the Regulators during the battle, unwittingly draws his Loyalist family into the conflict. Led to the west by Reverend Isaiah Sims and the steady hand of Daniel Boone, the group settles in a peaceful valley under the watchful brow of Grandfather Mountain.
Through hardship and danger, house-raising and romance, the ties that bind the Stuart family and the small pioneer community grow. Despite his conflicted feelings of loyalty to the Crown, Dr. Stuart finds himself a respected leader in this hidden mountain community.
Daniel Boone steps in and out of the story as character and character/narrator, helping guide Dr. Stuart’s transformation into a free thinker and bona fide mountain man.
The doctor’s aid and expertise lead to an uneasy alliance between the settlers and the Cherokee Indians. While the British are attempting to urge the Cherokee to wage war against all white settlers, Dr. Stuart’s medical efforts among the natives leads to a friendship between the Cherokee and the villagers. With the help of Nane’hi (Nancy Ward), “Beloved Woman” of the Cherokee people and Daniel Boone, the mountain settlement remains free of war for the time being.
Dr. Stuart must eventually choose between his love for his son and his loyalty to England. Ultimately, Stuart joins his now-grown son Jack and his neighbors as they march with the Overmountain Men on the long trek to King’s Mountain. There they fight the ultimate battle in the War for Independence, to keep British Major Patrick Ferguson from keeping his promise to “…march this army over the mountains, hang your leaders, and lay waste your country with fire and sword.”
Major Ferguson was dispatched by Lord Cornwallis to bring the North Carolina mountain settlements back under the firm control of the Crown, and he sits entrenched atop King’s Mountain with 1000 seasoned fighters.
There, on hallowed ground, the Overmountain Men and the Loyalists meet with destiny… a destiny that changed the direction of the War and forged the future of a nation.