Yesterday we had a little rain, and didn’t feel like getting out until late. So in the late afternoon we ran up to Winchester Elks Lodge.
Today we began early and went to Fort Boonesboro between Winchester and Richmond. Daniel Boone, with his background as a surveyor, found a passage through the Appalachian mountains (Cumberland Gap) and was hired to widen it so that it could accommodate settlers with horses and later wagons. He began the Fort which is now old Fort Boonesboro. Later in the Civil War era there was a battle near here. The fort is along the Kentucky River to the front and serves as a living museum with docents in period costumes working the crafts of the late 1700’s.
We began our tour with a lecture from Daniel Boone himself. We gathered in the meeting room which was air conditioned, and in came a gentleman dressed in the average daily garb of a frontiersman (not buckskin, but homespun linen more suitable for the heat). His name was Scott but when he put on his wide brimmed hat of the era (NOT a coon skin cap) he began a narrative of his (Daniel Boone’s) life. How he came to this place, life and trials of the time. He spoke in the vernacular of the late 1700’s and was very amusing.
While he was still “2010 Scott” he asked us all to take the images we had in our minds of Daniel Boone that we got from Hollywood and Disney and blank them out of our thoughts. They are totally wrong images of the man and his works. He did not wear a coon skin cap, he did not wear fringed buckskin, he was not a rough man. He was a gentleman, well educated, a surveyor and a very sharp individual. We also learned that this mid section of Kentucky, its greenbelt known as the Bluegrass Area, was called by the Indians "KENTA - kay", meaning MEADOW.
Later in the day he also gave a talk about the abduction and rescue of his daughter, Jemima, and two other girls of the encampment by local Indians. Their adventure lasted 3 days and if they had not found them when they did, the girls would have been lost to the Indians. The girls had torn bits of their clothing and hair ribbons and left them along the path. The search party & Daniel found them just in time, at a moment when the Indians thought they were safe and became relaxed enough to prepare a meal and have a smoke. The adventures of the kidnapping and rescue eventually made it’s way east and was published in the Virginia newspapers and later became the plot for the book “The Las of the Mohicans”. Check out The capture & rescue of Jemima Boone.
Back at our campground, the last couple days we have become the target of a very vain red bird that keeps attacking the reflection of himself in our windows. It begins early in the morning on our bedroom windows and progresses to our side and back windows later in the day. He did it rain and shine.
You’ll see a photo taken from the Lexington Highway bridge over the Kentucky River where we can see our rig in the campground. Look in the lower right corner of the photo to see our flagpole and front of our rig. Our neighbor to the north is a motorhome with a red car parked in front of it.