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 Front Page Stories from 2008 - 2009

Fair at New Boston Draws Record Crowd


Ladies and gentleman, Indians, children, cannoneers, soldiers, wagoneers, food vendors, famous statesmen and a large crowd of everyday folk filled the grounds at the George Rogers Clark Park in Springfield, Ohio for the 27th Annual Fair at New Boston.  Photos now loaded!

The Long Run Massacre


With beautiful weather and a full schedule of events The Painted Stone Settlers hosted 800 school children on Friday and re-enacted The 1781 Long Run Massacre and prisoner exchange on both Saturday and Sunday. Second set of photos now loaded!

The 33rd Annual Spirit of Vincennes is perfect event for Memorial Day Weekend


There is no better way to show patriotism and remember the fallen soldiers of this country than with a visit to Vincennes, IN on Memorial Day Weekend. Units of Revolutionary Soldiers fill the battlefield, and march to morning and evening colors while fife and drum music fills the air. Click here for photos.

Fifth Annual Women on the Frontier is Huge Success


June 6th and 7th saw women of all walks of life descend on Fort Boonesborough for the 5th Annual Women on the Frontier Weekend. In addition to the event, live filming for several projects was being done at the Kentucky fort. Click Here for more...

The Siege of Fort Randolph
goes on despite rain delay


Point Pleasant, WV - Event planners called a short rain delay at the May 16-17 Siege of Fort Randolph. The battle did go on despite intermittent showers throughout the afternoon. Click here for photos and story.

100 Years on the Ohio


saw Indians route the settlers during this tactical battle at the timeline event held at Riverside - the Farnsley Moremen Landing in Louisville, KY
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The Raid on
Martin’s Station


Clouds hung heavy and rain showers permeated the day but The Raid on Martin’s Station came off without a hitch on Saturday May, 9th. Skies brightened on Sunday and the mountains surrounding Wilderness Road State Park were in all their glory. Click Here for Photos!

Lore of the Laughery
at Friendship, IN


The weather smiled on the Lore of the Laughery at Friendship, Indiana last weekend. Although there was rain in the evening, skies cleared on both Saturday and Sunday as the Indians battled the settlers and children marched to the beat of the drum. Click here for photos


Craftsmen, campers and Natives abound at the Annual Grassy Run Rendezvous in Williamsburg, Ohio

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in Filming

Pompey will be seen translating for Chief Blackfish in the film Kentucky: An American Story which was filming at Fort Boonesborough on April 21. More photos coming soon.


The Reverend Lewis Craig Speaks to Visitors about the “Traveling Church” at Fort Boonesborough’s Fireside Chat

Frank Jarboe gave a stirring performance as Lewis Craig - a Baptist Preacher that led his church into Kentucky in 1781

The Life of
 an Indentured Servant
Maggie Delaney


Maggie Delaney imparted her life’s story as an indentured servant to a full house at Fort Boonesborough’s February 21 Fireside Chat. The tale brought both tears and laughter from the audience and a standing ovation for interpreter Carol Jarboe. Jarboe has been perfecting “Maggie” over the last few years as a re-enactor but gave her hour long program for the first time Saturday to the delight of the crowd. For photos and story of this outstanding performance - Click Here


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For a Newsreel of Maggie Delaney Click Here.


Daniel Boone at
Fireside Chats

Daniel Boone as portrayed by Scott New amazed audiences Saturday night at Fort Boonesborough’s Fireside Chat. New’s command of the 18th century speech patterns and language of Boone are what set him apart as an interpreter. Combined with his vast knowledge of the man and his time period it was a thoroughly enjoyable performance.

Read more about Scott New as Daniel Boone on the Fort Boonesborough Living History Website

2009 is also the 275th Anniversary of Daniel Boone’s Birthday. It is being celebrated with special events all season long at Fort Boonesborough. Learn More.

David & Jane at Cumberland Gapa

The Wright Stuff
Click Here for a visit with the Wright Brothers - David and Don Wright

Photo of David and Jane Wright at the Installation Ceremonies of David’s Mural Gateway to the West at The Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in 2002. More Photos...



Artillery was the order of the day on Saturday April 18th. Re-Enactors from both the Revolutionary and Civil War time periods came together in Springfield, KY for safety qualifications. Click here for photos!

Dr Thomas Walker

The Mini CLA Show at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown, KY featured Contemporary Artists of all kinds in another spectacular showing. Click here for the newsreel from this event.


 Boonesborough to Cancel Boone Station Event

The Fireside Chats at Fort Boonesborough State Park began on February 7 with a portrayal of Dr. Thomas Walker by Danny Hinton. Dr. Walker led the first organized English foray into Kentucky in April, 1750. The Fireside Chats run through March 7. Check the website for the complete schedule (many are already sold out.) The Fireside Chats are sponsored by The Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Hinton appeared as part of the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautaqua Program. Click Here for a newsreel of this event!

Due to budget issues and storm damage Fort Boonesborough is canceling "Stations Under Attack" special event April 25-26, 2009 at Boone Station State Historic Site in Athens, Kentucky. We hope to reschedule the event for 2010 says Park Manager, Phil Gray.


Photos of the Annual George Rogers Clark Walk Commemorating Clark’s chilling February 1779 march to recapture Vincennes submitted by Frank Doughman on the Guest Gallery.


Linton Show draws a big January crowd.

The Ice Storm 2009 Click Here

It seems that as January draws to a close everyone is anxious to be out and about and the trade show in Linton, Indiana was no exception. Sponsored by The Buck Creek Muzzleloaders, Inc. there was a good crowd throughout the weekend. Click here for more photos.


Re-Enacting History at Corydon, Indiana
The Indiana Territory Festival took place over the 4th of July Weekend. The original signing of the Indiana Constitution took place in the original building on site. But the delegates to that original convention retired outside, due to the extreme heat and completed their task under a large elm tree. Re-Enactors also completed the signing outside. Click Here


It was a different type event at Perryville State Historic Battlefield this weekend as Civil War re-enactors gathered for a 1869 post war event including horse races and sale.   Photos Now Loaded

100 Years on the Ohio


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Wildcat 121

Click Here for the 2008 Battle of Wildcat Mountain


Click here to see a school visit to North Vernon Elementary School.

Smothers Receives Proclamation from Louisville Council for 100 Years on the Ohio


Fourteenth District Councilman Bob Henderson (left) made the presentation to event organizers Rod Smothers and Brian Cushing. Click Here to learn more about this event.


Mississinewa -1812 Draws re-enactors from Canada to New Orleans. Click Here for Photos


The Gray battled the Blue in The Fight for The Gibson Farm at The Perryville Historic Battlefield State Park. The site of a 1862 battle in Kentucky, is known as one of the most pristine, preserved Civil War Battlefields in the country. Click Here for Photos! An additional slide show can be found at

The Siege of Fort Boonesborough has incredible weather and incredible crowds - Photos Now Loaded


Click Here for Photos of the Battle, the Many Faces of The 230th Siege of Fort Boonesborough, group photos of the participants and more.

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Koh Koh Mah & Foster - A Living History Event of the French and Indian War draws huge crowds


Koh Koh Mah and Foster- A Living History Event - Photos Now Loaded including a tribute to Hester - Wedding Photos now loaded, too!

Click Here for The The Battle of Barbourville


 Photos from The Painted Stone Settlers
Long Run Massacre - Click Here

The Indians again best the settlers at the 10th Annual Long Run Massacre in Shelbyville, KY. Both the reenactors and visiting public were awed by the new location. 

Thanks to all who attended.


The Fair at New Boston 2008

Although the weather was quite warm, the humidity was low and there was a slight breeze blowing at the 26th Annual Fair at New Boston. The Fair is hosted by The George Rogers Clark Heritage Association in Springfield, Ohio. Both re-enactors and visiting public from far and wide descend on the fair - for shopping, socializing, good food and visiting and entertainment. But the fair can have it’s quiet moments too - as evidenced by the young lady in the photo above, resting campside. Click here for more


Debby Jenkins Named Re-Enactor of the Month for June 2008

Click Here to read the complete story by Jim Cummings


Photos from Blackacre’s Pioneer Day
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Blackacre Nature Preserve
 Louisville, KY


A Memorial Day Tribute
   By Jim Cummings
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Spirit of Vincennes 
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Additional Photos from Frank Doughman
on The Guest Gallery


Lore of the Lochry
 Enjoys Spring Weather

Participants in the the four year old event - Lore of the Laughery had a chance to enjoy some spring weather at Friendship Indiana last weekend. The event has previously been held in late August and was subject to very hot and humid days.
So despite some rain on Friday’s school day re-enactors, demonstrators and sutlers treated visitors to days straight out of the late 18th century. For it was that time period - when the nearby Creek was named for Colonel Archibald Lochry. Subsequent generations corrupted his name to Laughery and thus the name of this event - Lore of the Laughery. See the photos and read more about this event


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The Kentucky Colonels Annual
Bar-B-Que A Derby Weekend Tradition

With a cast of characters to rival Walt Disney the 40th Annual Kentucky Colonels Bar-B-Que took place on May 4, 2008. The Kentucky Colonels are a non-profit charitable organization with a long Kentucky tradition. Henry Clay (right), George Rogers Clark, Abraham Lincoln and more wandered the grounds of the event.

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Graphic Enterprises and
 The Pioneer Times
Receive History Awards

On March 1, 2008 this website Pioneer Times and the parent company Graphic Enterprises were the recipients of two awards from the Kentucky Historical Society and The Historical Confederation of Kentucky. Read More....

Braintanning Anyone?

 Native Re-Enactor Jim Green held a class on braintanning this past weekend at Fort Boonesborough State Park. Participants learned the procedure and completed the course with a finished deerskin. More Photos on the Guest Gallery by Walt Waitkus. Photos and story.


Frontier Stations Under Attack

Boone Station in Fayette County Kentucky hosted Frontier Stations Under Attack - April 18-20. Local school children attended on Friday while the public was treated to a “full scale attack on the station” on Saturday and Sunday. Re-Enactors from several states participated in the event hosted by Fort Boonesborough State Park. Click Here

Season Starts with a Cold Weekend for the Illinois Regiment at Locust Grove


A cold and wet weekend in Louisville, Kentucky is not usually on the agenda for the middle of April.

On the river front Louisville hosts the largest fireworks in the country - known as Thunder Over Louisville - the kickoff to three weeks of Kentucky Derby Festival Events.

While up on a hillside not too far from downtown there is another event - known as 18th Century Thunder. Re-Enactors add to the thunder noise with a bit of 18th century black powder. The photo above was taken near the Croghan family cemetery as the assembled troops gave a salute to George Rogers Clark who spent his final days at Locust Grove, the home of his sister and brother in law William and Lucy Clark Croghan. Click Here for more photos.

Managers Conference Held


The 2nd Annual Event Planners & Historic Site Managers Conference was held at Blue Licks Battlefield State Park on March 5-7. The Conference was hosted by The Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Read the Story.

Scott New Returns to
 Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua

By Kathy Cummings

After three years working as character interpreters for Colonial Williamsburg, Scott and Berni New have come home. According to New, “ We are delighted to be back on home ground again amidst friends and family. We felt we had made our mark at Colonial Williamsburg and were becoming awfully homesick. You are never too old, or busy, to learn the old lesson all over again that there is ‘no place like home’. By the grace of Providence, we were able to return.”



“I will once again be taking up the mantle, or should I say, hunting shirt of Daniel Boone. I am delighted to be back with the Kentucky Humanities Council as before. We plan on offering the Boone programs right where we left off.”

Visitors to last weekend’s Martin Station event may have also noticed that New is back with Wilderness Road State Park. Continued New,” I hope to see a number of familiar faces at our various events. We have hopes of really making progress with our living history programming, and are very exited about the potential. We hope to be establishing a good partnership not only with the Cumberland Gap National Park, but with historic sites in Kentucky, southwest Virginia and perhaps east Tennessee as well. After all, we are all telling the same story, just different chapters. God willing there are good days ahead all way around!”

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