Bloody Battle

Long Run Massacre, Floyd’s Defeat portrayed at re-enactment event

The Painted Stone Settlers stage battle
at Shelby Co. park

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. – When looking for a permanent spot for a settlement along the Kentucky frontier in the 18th century, Squire Boone selected a site in present-day Shelby County. He built a fort along the banks of Clear Creek in 1779-1780, amidst the ongoing turmoil of the Revolutionary War. Many families came to Painted Stone Station during the short time it served as a haven from the increasingly hostile actions of Native Americans.
Eventually, they were driven to evacuate on a fateful day in September 1781, walking into a massacre that cost several of them their lives. Many managed to escape and leave behind a legacy through their descendants, keeping alive a very precious part of the early history of Kentucky.

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The battle of Floyd’s Defeat is depicted in this re-enactment staged by the Painted Stone Settlers group.

Squire Boone was just as adventurous as his older brother, Daniel Boone. Born Oct. 5, 1744, in Berks County, Pa., Squire Jr.’s father, Squire Boone Sr., had emigrated from Exeter, England, and moved to North Carolina around 1749. At a young age, Squire learned the gun smithing trade. He married Jane Van Cleave and they had five children. Squire made several trips into Kentucky with his brother before establishing Painted Stone Station. He eventually settled and died on Aug. 5, 1815, in Harrison County, Ind.
It is the story of these brave souls that is told through an annual living history event each September in Shelby County, Ky. Hosted by the Painted Stone Settlers Inc., a group of living history re-enactors, this story is preserved through a dramatic re-enactment.
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, customs of the 18th century and blacksmithing. Militia life and a Native American campsite are also depicted.
Visitors can experience an 18th century cannon, get a taste of militia life and engage in lively conversation with costumed interpreters and Kentucky authors such as Eddie Price (“Widder’s Landing and One Drop-A Slave!”), Sue Kelly Ballard (“My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story”) and Geoff Bagget (“Brothers and Warriors”). Members of The Boone Society will also be present. The main re-enactment of the battle between settlers and natives will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Sons of the American Revolution will provide a special American flag ceremony prior to the battle re-enactment.

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Re-enactor Karen Powell reacts while portraying a fleeing settler.

An evening program will be held at dusk on Saturday night by Russell Morris, who will present traditional Shawnee storytelling and singing. A special time has been set aside on Sat. morning at 10 a.m. to accommodate Boy Scout Troops, who receive a special discounted rate and are welcome to return on Saturday night for the evening program, as is the public. A modern food vendor, Lynda Moore, will be on site. Admission cost for the event is $6 per adult, $3 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 3 and under. Bleacher seating is available and guests are welcome to bring lawn chars.
Organized in 1999, the Painted Stone Settler’s Inc.’s mission is to collect, preserve and present the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Through a variety of programs such as a spring Chautauqua program, classroom visits, participation in local and regional living history events and the annual Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat, the non-profit organization strives to bring history to life for children and adults in a fun, hands-on learning experience.

• For more information, visit the website www.PaintedStoneSettlers.org or call (502) 228-3746 or (502) 487-0379.

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