Which Ralph Marcum do you know?
Ralph Marcum, the Surveyor of History who Returns to the 18th Century to survey Living History. Ralph is a long time reenactor and historic interperter. He reenacts the part of frontier surveyor. He has also done gun building and blacksmithing.
The teacher for 27 years
The fiddle player for 26 years
The gun maker “Two-Shoots” who specialized in swivel breech Kentucky flintlocks
The Archer who became as expert with a bow as he was with a flintlock
The civil war re-enactor who participated as union or confederate as the occasion demanded
The civil war artillery captain --- again either side
The photographer who specializes in “old timey” photographs
The editor who maintained a column in Muzzleloader Magazine for several years.
The builder and architect who
- Built log cabins for the experience
- Constructed a western town near McKee Kentucky that includes the Buffalo Bull Hotel & Opera House, Forks of Wildcat Trade Co., Oregon Trail Outfitters, and Judge Roy Bean's The Jersey Lilly
- Hooten Old Town has a blacksmith shop, saloon, gallows, jail, church, funeral parlor, buggies, stagecoach, 1856 printing press, photography shop, original gristmill, water mill
- Kentucky Heritage Trails described Hooten Old Town, “The town includes the Buffalo Bull Hotel, the Bloated Goat Saloon, The Joe Baldwin-Ballard Rifle Co., the Lame Pony Dry Goods, an exact replica a Judge Roy Bean's famous saloon and Courthouse, "The Jersey Lilly" and most recently a small country church with stain glass windows is on site.”
Ralph is an example of “If you build it, they will come.”
He constructed a long distance range for buffalo shoots, matches where Sharpes and Creedmore rifles are used …. And shooters flocked to it.
He constructed a wild west shoot and the Kentucky Single Action Shooter Society recently held a state shoot there.
You may have seen Ralph in Moccasins or Cavalry Boots, In a polecat skin hat or under a Stetson,
You may have seen him firing a “chunk gun” – an exact replica of one once owned by the Pall Mall, Tennessee, Medal of Honor Winner, Sgt. Alvin C. York, or you may have seen him firing a civil war cannon at Wildcat Mountain or a near replica of Squire Boone’s wooden cannon at Boonesborough ( I write near replica because the wooden barrel conceals a steel barrel.)
You may have seen Ralph on stage at Renfro Valley with a fiddle tucked under his chin
Or you may have seen him hunting bear in Minnesota, Moose in Canada, or Panthers in Montana
Ralph always enjoys life, he once said, “I’ll have a good time if nobody else comes but me.”
Ralph has a passion for living, a passion for knowledge and a passion for creating weapons, clothing and accoutrements appropriate for the period he is reenacting.
If you have only seen Ralph Marcum in the 20th or 21st century, then you haven’t really seen him. Ralph’s heart and soul have always been in the 18th Century.