Monday, August 6, 2012

House Sitting Day 1 . . . Blue Licks and Boone

This past week Dudeboy and I have been house sitting for Aunt T.  House sitting for us apparently means spending very little time at the house sitting, for we went on excursions every day (all day) while we were there.  Mainly we traveled around the bluegrass region (but we did make one trip to Southern Indiana).  Our first adventure led us to the last cabin Daniel Boone lived in while he was in Kentucky before he left for Missouri in 1799.

I am not sure what, if anything, is original to the cabin.  I haven't found much information pertaining to this cabin.  However, if any of it is original then it is a shame that the state hasn't done anything to preserve it and protect it.

The cabin is located on private property not far from the Blue Licks Battlefield.  A historical marker is nearby on US 68.

One of the last engagements of the Revolutionary War was the Battle of Blue Licks.  For the Americans it was pretty much a debacle.  Wikipedia states, "It was the worst defeat for the Kentuckians during the frontier war."

I won't go into it much, but to show how desperate it got for the Kentuckians . . .

  • Colonel-Commandant John Todd was killed
  • 1 of the 2 Lieutenant-Colonels was killed: Stephen Trigg (D. Boone survived, but he lost a son) 
  • 2 of the 4 Majors were killed or died of wounds
  • 6 of 10 Captains were killed or captured
  • 5 of 5 Lieutenants were killed
  • the Kentuckians suffered a total of 72 killed and 11 captured compared to the British/Native American force's totals of 7 killed and 10 wounded 

 Burial monument for the "Martyrs of the last battle of the Revolution . . ." 

 The monument for the battle located at the entrance of the park.

Tanner Station . . . a recreation of a trading fort that was located near Blue Licks as early as 1784.

 Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County.

Johnson Creek Covered Bridge is one of only 13 remaining covered bridges in Kentucky.  A good many were destroyed during the Civil War.

No comments: