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Experience frontier living during Carter Caves State Resort Park’s 28th annual Pioneer Life Week


Find out about frontier life in Kentucky by visiting Carter Caves State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Pioneer Life Week July 22-29.

This event focuses on life in Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground registration building.

A display during Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves.

See re-enactors demonstrate skills needed for frontier life Monday through Saturday (July 22-27) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This year’s event will also feature a special Kentucky Chautauqua performance featuring Dr. Ephraim McDowell, frontier doctor, on Wednesday (July 24) at 8 p.m., and Jonathon Hagee, who portrays a colonial balladeer, on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Pioneer Encampment.

McDowell’s performance is sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council and is portrayed by Henry Dowell. This is Hagee’s second appearance at Pioneer Life Week. Both performances are free to the public.

For a complete list of special activities and programs for the entire week, like us on Facebook or contact the park’s recreation office at (606) 286-4411. Carter Caves State Resort Park is a full resort with lodge rooms, cottages, campground including horse campground with full hook ups, and a restaurant featuring Kentucky fare.

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