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Historic Locust Grove Hosts Annual 18th Century Market Fair


This group of Butlers Rangers participated in the tactical battle at Historic Locust Grove. The Butlers Rangers were a group of Canadians that fought with the British during the American Revolution. See the Military in action.


The 18th Century Market Fair at Historic Locust Grove brings shoppers and soldiers alike. Although the weather this year was surprisingly cool for late October, re-enactors donned greatcoats and capes over wool uniforms and wool petticoats and gathered for a final outdoor event before winter weather arrives for good. Above “The Ratcatcher” tells a couple about how he keeps the grounds free of rodents - 18th century style.
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Perryville Battle Commemoration

Largest Civil War Battle in Kentucky 1862


Re-Enactors mounted a small skirmish this year at Perryville Battlefield Historic Site. The event followed last years large event commemorating the 250th anniversary. The life of the soldier was the feature of this year’s event. Photos now loaded!

100 Years on the Ohio


Riverside - The Farnsley-Moremen Landing hosted 100 Years on the Ohio, a living timeline of Louisville’s First Century 1765-1865. Included was a vintage ball game, circa 1869. First Photos now loaded!

Farewell to a Friend ....

See our 2005 feature on Ralph Heath.  


Native Re-Enactor Ralph Heath lost his battle with cancer today, October 4, 2013.

Ralph was an artist and premier quill worker. But most of all he was a kind and generous human being.


The 1778 Siege of
 Fort Boonesborough


Indians tried to fire on the Fort at Boonesborough in 1778 to roust the settlers from the Kentucky territory. But the settlers held as they did at the weekend re-enactment of this famous battle. Photos Now Loaded!

The Painted Stone Settlers host 735 School Children at Shelbyville, KY


Photos from The Long Run Massacre hosted by The Painted Stone Settlers
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The Fair at New Boston 2013


Labor Day Weekend brings The Fair at New Boston each year in Springfield, OH. It was a warm weekend, but the rain held off and visitors were treated to the sights and sounds of a late 18th early 19th century trade fair. Photos now loaded!


Battle of
Blue Licks

One of the most memorable battles of the Revolution in Kentucky took place on August 19, 1782. Indians laid in ambush as the Kentuckians stormed up the hill - killing almost 70 of Kentucky’s early leaders. Photos by Larry Ginter. Click here for Photos!

 Exhibit Examined the life of
“The Hero of Fort Stephenson”


In addition to the new exhibit, living historian Brian Cushing gave life to George Croghan last weekend at Historic Locust Grove with a rousing speech on the lawn.


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The 6th Annual Jane Austen Festival
at Historic Locust Grove

Fashion was the order of the weekend at the 6th Annual Jane Austen Festival. Regency clothing complete with parasols, marvelous hats, shawls and gloves were seen in all manners as the festival tried to break the World Record for most people in Regency attire.


Photos of the event and the fashions along with a Newsreel Video of the Saturday Promenade Photos now loaded!

Oldham County Trade Faire 2013


French Marquis de Lafayette ( 1757-1834) and Adrienne de Lafayette (1859-1807) supported the American Revolution not only in the 18th century but by also appearing at the 18th Century Trade Faire in Oldham County, Kentucky. Click here for photos and newsreel!

Authors Appear at Oldham County History Press Dinner

White Hall Book

Lashe and Charles Mullins are the authors of a book about White Hall - the Kentucky home of emancipationist Cassius Marcellus Clay. They spoke about their book in June in Oldham County Kentucky. Watch for a video clip of their presentation - coming soon!

McConnell Springs Celebrates Founder’s Day


Local Re-Enactors lent their presence to Lexington, Kentucky Founder’s Day Celebration at McConnell Springs. In June 1775, William McConnell and his fellow frontier explorers camped at a natural spring in the wilderness of the Virginia territory known as Kentucky. Word came that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their future settlement “Lexington”. Click here for photos!

Families Gather at Spring 18th Century Trade Fair at Fort Boonesborough


Memorial Day Weekend saw families of both the 18th and 21st century variety at Fort Boonesborough. In addition to the annual trade and bartering event The Fort Boonesborough Foundation concluded their raffle rifle which began in January to raise funds to continue archeological work at the original fort site. The rifle winner was Dean Ashton of McDonald, OH. Click here for photos!

Bardstown Colonial Days Kicks
off Spring 2013


Warm spring days brings folks out to Colonial Days. Click Here for Photos and Newsreel.

8th Annual Women on the Frontier at
 Fort Boonesborough State Park

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For many re-enactors and visitors Fort Boonesborough State Parks Women on the Frontier Event is the first time newcomers and visitors get the chance to shoot an 18th century firelock or cook over an open fire. Click here for photos.

Frank Doughman named Superintendent of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

OMAHA, Neb. Frank W. Doughman has been selected as the new Superintendent of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NHP) in Vincennes, Ind. Having served in the position in an acting capacity since October 2012, he succeeds Brian McCutcheon, who accepted the position of Superintendent at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tenn. Doughman began this new assignment on a permanent basis effective May 5.

Frank Doughman

Frank Doughman, long time friend and contributor to the Pioneer Times


The Women of Bryan’s Station

Learn more about the Women of Bryan Station , where in 1782, the women of the station went outside the station walls to obtain water from the spring. The water was necessary because the settlers were already aware of the pending Indian attack. For Women’s History Month we have compiled lists of names of the women at the station and their families.

A monument was built by The Daughters of the American Revolution in 1896. It was listed then as “the only monument to women, by women.”


    The Women of Ancient Sparta Pointed out the Heroic Way. The Women of Pioneer Kentucky Trod It.”

A Newsreel Clip from the 2007 Commemoration


Memories from Bryan Station
By Donna Dodd Terrell Jones


Original Lists of Names Connected with Bryan Station


Link to our original feature on Bryan Station

 Featured Women’s History Articles


Frances Slocum : White Women in a Native American Culture


Jenny Wiley - Frontier Captive


Maggie Delaney returns to the Fort Boonesborough Fireside Chats

In 2009 Carol Jarboe brought “Maggie Delaney - Indentured Servant” to life at The Fireside Chat in February of that year. Since that time Jarboe has appeared dozens of times throughout the country telling the story that she wrote and researched of indentured servitude in the early years of our country. So not only was it a “homecoming” of sorts for Maggie Delaney but it was an exceptional performance on February 23, 2013. It showed just how much Maggie has grown and just how much Jarboe has polished this performance.

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 Feature article also now available.


Newsreel now available


Join us for an in depth interview with Native Interpreter Chingwe


Re-Enactors Supporting the cause to Oppose the Proposed I-75 Connector through Historic Kentucky Areas


On March 16, 2013, a group of 18th Century, Frontier Kentucky reenactors will gather on the banks of Marble Creek for an annual trek in the “footsteps of Daniel Boone.” The group has documentation from a number of sources concerning Daniel Boone’s presence on Marble Creek in the year’s prior to settling Boonesborough (circa 1774) and in the year’s after leaving Boone’s Station. But now this natural area is being threatened with new construction . Learn More...


Kristi Heasley is an advocate for saving the Marble Creek Area

 Fireside Chat at Fort Boonesborough featuresThe story of Tecumseh and “The Prophet

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tecumseh composite

Private William Greathouse visits the Fort Boonesborough Fireside Chats

In honor of the 200th aniversary of the War of 1812, The Fort Boonesborough Foundation stepped outside the Early Frontier Era for speakers for the 2013 Fire Side Chats held each February. Saturday night brought Harry Smith of Cynthiana, Kentucky in his Chatauqua performance as Prvt William Greathouse. Greathouse signed up with over 7,000 other Kentuckians to fight in what has become known as the United States “second” War for Independence. Although not fought on Kentucky soil, Kentucky sent more men to this war than most other states. Only New York and Ohio sent more. Smith, like the character he portrays, is 17, and did an outstanding job telling his story. 

Story of 1812 Soldier, Private William Greathouse at the Fireside Chats


Blue Sage Mercantile Films Segment for The Local Traveler

Blue Sage Local Traveler

L-R Melissa and Rich Anderson, Shelly and Steve Graves, Melanie Kuntz and Jeff Prechtel, Tara Bright and Cassey Tackett, show host Amy Hess and Dennis “Doc” Muzzy.

Civil War clothing has been receiving a lot of attention after this year’s blockbuster movie Lincoln reached theaters. Shelly Graves of Blue Sage Mercantile was invited to showcase her clothing on an upcoming episode of The Local Traveler. The episode was filmed at the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, KY. Other area reenactors joined Graves in showing off clothing of the period.

Show host Amy Hess announced today that the episode with Blue Sage and friends will air Saturday, February 16th 11:30pm on WKYT. The Local Traveler™ is a fast paced magazine show that champions Kentucky and Tennessee made products and travel worthy destinations

If you can’t find it on a local channel check out their web site and vimeo link for more information.

Book Signing Captures the Memories

General Van Stockum

Author Ronald R. Van Stockum spoke at the February meeting of The Painted Stone Settlers. His latest book is “Remembrances of World Wars.” Van Stockum himself was born in 1916 one week after his father was killed at the Battle of the Somme and he himself, served in WWII before retiring as a Brigadier General in 1970.


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Dancing the night (and the ages) away
The Historical Ball at Locust Grove


Dancing was a favored form of entertainment in past eras. At Historic Locust Grove on Saturday, January 26 dancers took to the floor - dressed from Colonial Times, through the Civil War and even a few from more modern times. Click here for the Newsreel of this event.


“Beyond Photography”

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If you enjoy our photography, watch for our traveling exhibit entitled “Beyond Photography”. This series debuted in 2010 and has appeared at several venues.

“Beyond Photography” is a series of giclee prints framed and signed by the artists. Most of these prints deal with historic settings, log cabins, barns and landscapes. They are printed with archival papers and high quality pigment inks - framed and ready to hang in your home or office.

The print at the left is titled “Cannon Fire” by Jim Cummings. All prints are framed and available for purchase. Click Here for more details or to bring this show to your historic event. 

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