Boone Society, Inc. will host America's Frontier History Expedition May 7 through May 30. The living history event is a 230 mile horseback ride from Sycamore Shoals State Park, located in Elizabethton, Tennessee, to Fort Boonesborough State Park in Kentucky that will provide education about America’s westward expansion.
The route follows the path of historic Boone Trace, where Daniel Boone first led settlers, in 1775, across the Cumberland Gap into the wilderness of Kentucky. There are 14 encampment stops planned for the three week journey. Each stop will have educational presentations for the public including campfire talks, demonstrations of Long rifles and performances of frontier music.
Parades are planned in Barbourville and Berea. Other highlights of the event include speakers Mark Sage, representing the frontiersmen, and Rusty Cottrell as “Shawnee Chief Black Hoof,” representing the Native American culture.
The expedition will make stops at these Kentucky State Parks:
- May 16-17, Pine Mountain State Resort Park at Pineville;
- May 20-22, Levi Jackson State Park in London;
- May 28-29, Fort Boonesborough State Park at Richmond.
In addition to bringing awareness to Boone’s Trace Corridor and the rich story of pioneer settlement in Kentucky, this event will also help support horse therapy for wounded war veterans through programs such as “Horses and Heroes” and Deer Creek Stables in Richmond. Donations of hay, oats, old saddles, blankets and offers of services to the veterans will also be accepted on the expedition.
Boone Society, Inc., a non-profit organization made up of over 300 Boone Family descendants, and whose mission is to preserve the legacy of the Boone Family and America’s frontier History, is sponsoring this event.
For more information and to find locations of presentation stops, call 502-564-4930 or visit boonesociety.org