Tour Date: 20191031
Back by popular demand!
On Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2, 2019, the Witnessing History Education Foundation, Inc. (“WHEF”) will host a tour of all the critical sites in central Kentucky relating to Daniel Boone’s extraordinary service during the Revolutionary War.
The registration fee is $395.00 per person, and includes the cost of the meeting room, buses, lunches, and hand-out materials. You can register one of three ways:
(1) sign up here;
(2) complete the attached form and send it, with your check payable to Witnessing History, LLC, to P. O. Box 1208, Lexington, Ky 40588-1208; or
(3) contact WHEF at 859-455-9330 and register over the phone.
Headquarters will be the Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511. Attendees will be given a special “Witnessing History” rate of $139.00 per night for a King suite. Each attendee must make, and pay for, his or her own reservations.
To make reservations, call the Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream at 859-455-5000, or 1-800-EMBASSY. Reservations must be made on or before September 30, 2019, or you may lose the special rate or be unable to obtain a room. Cancellations must be made forty-eight hours before check-in or you will be charged for a one night stay.
The overnight suite rate includes a complimentary breakfast each morning (Friday 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM, Saturday 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM) in the Paddock Grille Restaurant, and complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks at the manager’s reception each night from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
On Thursday afternoon, October 31, there will be a reception and an overview lecture at 5:00 PM in the Clark Room. All attendees will receive a detailed itinerary in the mail in advance of the tour.
Then, on Friday, November 1, the bus will depart the Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream at 8:00 AM and proceed south, across the Kentucky River, to Mercer County. The first stop of the tour will be at the site of a cave Daniel Boone was known to have used during his first exploration of Kentucky in 1769 to 1771. We will proceed to Harrodsburg, the oldest town in Kentucky, where Boone and Michael Stoner claimed land during Lord Dunmore’s War, and where stood the earliest permanent settlement on the Kentucky frontier, Fort Harrod, a very fine replica of which will be visited.
From Harrodsburg, the bus will proceed to Stanford, Kentucky and the site of St. Asaph’s (Logan’s) Fort that was besieged by Indian forces multiple times, and where Daniel Boone was tried for treason and acquitted. There too is where British Colonel Henry Hamilton, the “hair buyer,” was held after being captured by George Rogers Clark’s victors at Fort Sackville (Vincennes). Near the site of the fort is a replica of it that will be visited. We will then proceed to Berea, Kentucky by way of Paint Lick, a settlement begun by members of Boone’s party that opened what was later known as the Wilderness Road. At Berea we will have lunch at the fabulous Boone Tavern.
After lunch, we will travel along the path of the Wilderness Road to the site of Twitty’s Fort and then to the site of Fort Boonesboro, the settlement Daniel Boone established in April 1775 and heroically defended for nine days and nights in September 1778, the longest siege of any fortified station on the Kentucky frontier. We will also see where Boone’s daughter, Jemima, and the two Calloway girls, were captured by the Indians in July 1776, an event used by James Fenimore Cooper in Last of the Mohicans. From there we will journey along what was a buffalo trace to the site of Boone’s Station where Daniel Boone, and his brothers Edward and Samuel, and their families, lived from 1779 to 1786. It was from Boone’s Station that Daniel Boone led a militia force to the defense of Bryan’s Station and on to the disaster at Blue Licks in August 1782. It was also there that John Filson interviewed Boone for Boone’s autobiography that appears in Filson’s Discovery and Settlement of Kentucky, published in 1786. The bus will return to the Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream at 5:30 PM.
On Saturday, November 2, the bus will depart the Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream at 8:00 AM and proceed to the site of Bryan’s Station where we will visit the actual site of the station and the famous spring, besieged by Butler’s Rangers and an Indian force in August 1782. We will then travel north along the path of what once was a famous buffalo trace to the Blue Licks where the Kentucky militia force led by Colonels John Todd, Stephen Trigg, and Daniel Boone were defeated with terrible losses in the last battle of the Revolutionary War. There, Daniel Boone’s son, Israel, was killed and is buried, along with Colonels Todd and Trigg, and many others, including Daniel Boone’s nephew. After a discussion of the battle while walking along the remnants of the original buffalo trace where the battle was fought, we will have lunch at the Blue Licks State Resort Park Hotel.
After lunch we will journey to see the last cabin in Kentucky known to have been built and occupied by Daniel Boone. From there we will proceed to Harrison County, Kentucky where we will visit the site of Ruddle’s Station, a fortified settlement that was attacked by British and Indian forces in June 1780. The settlers surrendered, and then many of them were massacred. We will visit the cave where the remains of the victims are buried. Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton were known to have buried the remains of the victims. Those who survived the massacre were taken by the British and Indians to Detroit. From the site of Ruddle’s Station we will journey to Ruddle’s Mill, and then, time allowing, proceed to Frankfort, Kentucky and the graves of Daniel and Rebecca Boone. From there, the bus will return to the Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream at 5:30 PM.
It will be a fabulous tour. All the sites, except Fort Harrod, Fort Boonesboro, and the Blue Licks Battlefield, are on private property. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make your reservations now! The tour is being offered by popular demand and space is limited to fifty-two attendees.
*REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, AS WITNESSING HISTORY EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC. USES THESE FEES TO PRE-PAY NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS, FARES, FEES, LICENSES, AND PERMITS.