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Daniel Boone: Pathfinder coming to Springfield

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By Special to The Sun

What: Kentucky Chautauqua presents Daniel Boone: Pathfinder
When: Tuesday, March 11, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Springfield Presbyterian Church
Sponsored by: Washington County Historical Society

By the time of his death, Daniel Boone (1734-1820) had become a legend, and so he remains. But much of what Americans think they know about this great frontiersman is off the mark. Neither a backwoods bumpkin nor an epic slayer of Indians (and he never wore a coonskin cap), Boone was an intrepid explorer and natural leader whose actual exploits easily justify his larger-than-life reputation.

Boone played a crucial role in the exploration and settlement of Kentucky and the American west. He first began to seriously explore Kentucky in 1769, and in 1775 led the expedition that founded Boonesboro in present-day Madison County.

Some of his most famous exploits soon followed: the rescue of his daughter from Indian kidnappers; his own escape from captivity to warn Fort Boonesborough of an impending attack; leading the defense of the fort against a nine-day Shawnee siege. In the 1780s, Boone ran a tavern in Limestone (now Maysville) and later served as a delegate in the Virginia Assembly. He left Kentucky in 1799 for Missouri, where he died in 1820. Twenty-five years later, what are believed to be the bodies of Boone and his wife, Rebecca, were brought to Kentucky and reinterred in Frankfort Cemetery.

Scott New portrays Boone for Kentucky Chautauqua. New has had a lifelong interest in the Kentucky frontier and early American history.

Currently a character interpreter for Kentucky State Parks, New has portrayed Daniel Boone in films and other venues for more than 10 years. He returns to Kentucky Chautauqua after three years as a professional character interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg.

The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information, visit www.kyhumanities.org or call (859) 257-5932.