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Re-enactment of 1781 Long Run Massacre recalls chapter in Shelbyville’s frontier history


The Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville.

Performed by the Painted Stone Settlers, this annual event recalls the 1781 Indian attack on evacuating settlers as well as the ambush of an aid party that followed, leaving many dead or wounded. The juried re-enactors take their name from an outpost built two and a half miles north of present-day Shelbyville in 1780 by Daniel Boone’s brother, Squire Boone, and 13 families.

“I have this minute returned from a little excursion against the Enemy & my party, 27 in number, are all dispersed & cut to pieces except 9 who came off the field . . . ,” Col. John Floyd wrote to George Rogers Clark immediately following the ambush.

The re-enactment of The Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat takes place Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo from The Painted Stone Settlers)

This living history event takes place on Saturday afternoon and is followed by a prisoner exchange. Additionally, there are heritage skills demonstrations such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, fire starting and doing laundry. A Native American campsite will be depicted as well as militia life and customs of the 18th century.

Experience the sounds and smells of an 18th century cannon. Visit with Kentucky authors to hear about their books. Meet and chat with costumed interpreters.

The Sons of the American Revolution will provide a special American flag ceremony prior to the battle re-enactment. Russell Morris will present traditional Shawnee storytelling and singing at dusk.

Long Run Massacre

Festival website: www.PaintedStoneSettlers.org

Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Battle Re-enactment: 2 p.m.

Place: Red Orchard Park, 704 Kentucky Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065

Cost: $6/adults; $3/children 12 and under; $5/seniors; Free for active military.

Note: A food vendor will be onsite. Bleacher seating is available and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and shade umbrellas.

Two other events taking place in Shelbyville in the fall are Woofstock and Highfalutin. The former event is a full day of fun for dogs with live music, bouncies for kids and activities like a doggie adventure zone, lure coursing and a fashion contest for canines and takes place on Sept. 16 in Red Orchard Park.

The latter, a vintage and antique market, features over 100 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, vintage, primitives, recycled and repurposed goods. In its second year in Shelbyville, the event takes place on Oct. 21 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds and also features local food trucks and craft beer and wine, Kentucky bourbon, live music and more.

Other attractions

• Plan a weekend visit and combine re-enactment activities or other events with fall farm fun with a stop at Mulberry Orchard or Gallrein Farms to pick fresh produce, find fall decorations, visit the pumpkin patch, pet farm animals, take a hay ride, sample apple cider and more.

• Visit Jeptha Creed for a tour and tasting at this family-owned craft distillery. Friday nights feature “Jammin’ With Jeptha” with local and regional musicians and food trucks.

• Sample some of Col. Sanders’ original recipes at the iconic Claudia Sanders Dinner House, opened in 1968 by the founder of KFC and his wife. While the restaurant, originally named The Colonel’s Lady, remains famous for its fried chicken, it is equally renowned for its homemade yeast rolls.

• Stop by the Old Stone Inn, tucked in a building that dates back to the early 1700s and newly renovated and reopened as Eleanor Hamilton’s Old Stone Inn. The history of a former stagecoach stop, ambience of a fine dining restaurant and a menu filled with Southern deliciousness combine for a memorable stop at this National Historic Landmark.

Choose from a variety of accommodations, including downtown luxury lofts, lodges that are ideal for large families and small groups, bed and breakfast inns and well-known chain hotels. Click here for information on accommodations, locally-owned restaurants, distinctive shopping and can’t-miss attractions.

From ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau


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