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Long Run Massacre this weekend

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When looking for a permanent spot for a settlement along the Kentucky frontier, pioneer adventurer and explorer Squire Boone selected what he thought was one of the prettiest locations in the world, Shelby County. 

More specifically, he intended to build a fort along the banks of Clear Creek.  He did so in 1779/1780.  What he didn’t count on were the increasing hostile actions of Native Americans and the effects of the Revolutionary War on this small, isolated wilderness in America.

 It is Boone’s story, along with that of his fort inhabitants, that is told through an annual living history event each September in Shelby County. 

Boone, younger brother of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, knew he wanted to settle in Shelby County and bring others with him.  Because of ensuing incidents with Woodland Indians in the area the inhabitants of his fort, Painted Stone Station, decided to leave and move to Lynn’s Station in September 1781. 

On their way to the station (site is in present-day Eastwood, Ky), the fleeing settlers were attacked by the Native Americans.  The settlers who survived this massacre related their stories and have kept alive a very precious part of the early history of Kentucky.

The Painted Stone Settlers, Inc., a group of living history re-enactors, strive to keep this story alive by their dramatic re-enactment of these events each September. The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat retells the story of Painted Stone Station and the real people who lived there. 

Included in the weekend event are various demonstrations of heritage skills such as spinning, weaving, fire starting, laundry, customs of the 18th century and blacksmithing.  Militia life and a Native American campsite are also depicted. 

Visitors can experience the sounds and smell of an 18th century cannon, visit with Kentucky authors from 10-4 on Saturday, Sept. 7, and engage in lively conversation with costumed interpreters. 

The main re-enactment (battle between settlers and Natives) will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

A special School Day is held on Friday, September 6 for all area school children.  This hands-on event is a day full of special demonstrations great for teaching the lifestyle of the 18th century. School Day is held rain or shine.  Spots are still available.  

For more information contact Helen McKinney at (502) 738-9435 or hlnmck@aol.com.

 The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat takes place atRed Orchard Park, Shelbyville, KY on Saturday, September 7 from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 8 from 10am to 4pm.Admission is $6 for ages 12 to adult/ $3 for ages 3 to 11; ages 3 and under are free.  A $10, 2-day pass is also available.


The School Day Program is held in the same location on Friday, September 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Cost is $4 per student. 

Bagged lunches are permitted or teachers may pre-register lunches with us. 

Registrations are required for School Day and lunches from our on-site food vendor.

 For more information please visit www.paintedstonesettlers.