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Col. John Floyd was killed too soon

Jadon Gibson

Col. John Floyd, a frontier surveyor, was one of the leading pioneers of Kentucky. He was one of five brothers, three of whom were killed by Indians. Two of his brothers-in-law shared a similar fate. They weren’t victims of bad luck but of the times in which they lived.

Col. Floyd was riding with his brother Charles on April 10, 1783, on his 2,000 acres called Floyd’s Station, just outside of present-day Louisville, KY. The Indians were intent on repelling the settlers from the land on which they lived and where they hunted for many years but they had not been pesky during the winter months. The Floyd brothers weren’t on a heightened alert and didn’t suspect danger. They were fired on by Indians making their early spring raids and Col. Floyd was mortally wounded. Continue reading Col. John Floyd was killed too soon

BUSINESSES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN BEREA’S FREE HALLOWEEN AT THE PARK EVENT

Berea Parks and Recreation is seeking local businesses to participate in their 17th annual Halloween at the Park event. It will be held on Wednesday, October 31st from 6-8 pm at Berea City Park. This is such a great opportunity for businesses to advertise for free to thousands of people while participating in a long-standing community event.

All booths will be set up around the lighted portion of the paved walking trail. Businesses will be supplied with one 8-foot table, two chairs & access to 1-110 electrical outlet. There’s NO registration fee. It’s FREE to participate. Pop up tents & other supplies/decorations are the responsibility of the vendor. We do encourage you to decorate your booth for a chance to win the “Best Decorated Booth Contest”. Continue reading BUSINESSES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN BEREA’S FREE HALLOWEEN AT THE PARK EVENT

The Wreck of the Old 97

Jadon Gibson

The Southern Railway earned a lucrative contract to haul mail for the United States Post Office well over a century ago. In order to continue the agreement they were required to transport large quantities of mail from location to location, intact and within certain time restraints, that is it would have to be delivered in good shape and on time.

One of Southern Railway’s engines, locomotive number 1102, was a 10 wheeler built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. It was known officially as Fast Mail but was better known as Old 97. It began its runs from Washington DC to Atlanta, Georgia in December of 1902 and earned the reputation of getting the mail to its destination pronto. Continue reading The Wreck of the Old 97

Salt Festival Set for October 19-21 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

A Salt Festival scene at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 36th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 19-21.

The festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways and frontier skills. Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron.

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Country Star Dustin Collins to Headline Second Annual Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo

The Kentucky Horse Park is excited to announce Billboard charting artist Dustin Collins will headline the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo at the Alltech Arena in his home state of Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“Part of what makes the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo unique is the music,” said Laura Prewitt, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We’re delighted to have such a talented performer as Dustin headline our second annual event which promises to be even bigger than last year.” Continue reading Country Star Dustin Collins to Headline Second Annual Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo

When the Mississippi River ran Backwards

Jadon Gibson

It wasn’t unusual for Rev. Reuben Ross to attend a funeral in Stewart County, Tennessee, in the fall of 1811. He was a Baptist preacher, elder, and was acquainted with the deceased. It is likely that he preached the funeral.

The service was lengthy and nightfall was eminent when Rev. Ross completed his sermon, cautioning that death is no respecter of age, person or social status.

“Everyone needs to be ready for the day of reckoning,” the preacher explained. “The end of time is near.” Continue reading When the Mississippi River ran Backwards

Civil War Days Weekend at Columbus-Belmont State Park

An artillery demonstration at Civil War Days at Columbus-Belmont State Park.

The thundering sound of cannon fire will again be heard along the banks of the Mississippi River at the 28th Annual Civil War Days at Columbus-Belmont State Park Oct. 12-14.

The weekend will include battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food and more.  Admission is free.

This three-day event begins with an Education Day on Friday, featuring cannon and rifle demonstrations, life of a soldier, camp cooking and medical procedures.  Students, scouts, and groups are encouraged to participate, but everyone is invited to attend and take a closer look at our history by taking a step back in time.

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Spotlight Playhouse Presents Mel Brooks’ Hilarious Musical Young Frankenstein

Spotlight Playhouse presents the show Young Frankenstein The Musical at the Spotlight Playhouse in Berea from September 28-30. The Tony Award-winning comedy features Spotlight’s professional troupe of volunteers, The Bluegrass Players. Tickets are $6-10 each, and all proceeds go toward Spotlight Acting School’s scholarships. Continue reading Spotlight Playhouse Presents Mel Brooks’ Hilarious Musical Young Frankenstein

Commemoration of Battle of Perryville

More than 7,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in 1862 in the aftermath of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky along the rolling fields surrounding Perryville.

The annual commemoration of the Battle of Perryville is set for Oct. 6-7 at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in Boyle County, about 40 miles southwest of Lexington.

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Richmond Powwow Scheduled

Come and experience Native American culture and customs at the 2018 Richmond Powwow on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 29 – 30.

The event will again be held at Richmond Battlefield Park, located at 1546 Battlefield Memorial Highway (US 421) south of Richmond.

This year’s special guests will be Larry Sellers, who portrayed “Cloud Dancing” on the popular television series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and award winning performer Arvil Bird.  Continue reading Richmond Powwow Scheduled

Hunting with Elisha Wallen

Jadon Gibson

Elisha Wallen was an early long hunter in southwest Virginia and the tri-state area of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. He was one of the first white men to explore the western wilderness as the area, and points farther west, were called in the mid to late 1700’s. This story is based on Wallen’s conversations with others in that era.

He told about a November hunt in which he fought a large buck for his life, when it rushed him, before he had time to raise his rifle. “I knew the bucks were wild at that time of year because of mating season,” Wallen later opined. “But I’d never seen one, or heard of one, acting that crazy.” Continue reading Hunting with Elisha Wallen

Spotlight Playhouse Announces 2018-2019 Season

Spotlight Playhouse announces its 2018-2019 season, showcasing the talents of the non-profit theater’s acting school and professional acting troupes, The Spotlight Players and The Bluegrass Players.

“There’s something for everyone, in all forms of theater, to represent the best Spotlight can give our community,” said Chad Hembree, Executive Director of Spotlight Performing Arts, Inc. “Musicals, dramas, comedies, and our popular mystery dinner theater are all part of this exciting season.” Continue reading Spotlight Playhouse Announces 2018-2019 Season