Blue Licks Commemorates Signature Battle This Weekend

Aug 16, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Hundreds of re-enactors and thousands of spectators will again descend on Blue Licks State Resort Park near Mount Olivet this weekend.  They’ll be commemorating the 1782 battle that took place between a handful of pioneers and a heavily fortified contingent of British troops and Native Americans. 

Re-enactors play out the Battle of Blue Licks this weekend
Re-enactors play out the Battle of Blue Licks this weekend

Program Services Supervisor Paul Tierney says while the 15 minute skirmish ended in a rout and a massacre for the settlers, it had a lasting impact on the history of Kentucky.

“We come back here each and every year the third weekend in August to try to just pay tribute to those that fought and fell here.  Many of these names are associated with Kentucky counties and Kentucky figures including Daniel Boone who lost his son Israel, John Todd, who was the commanding officer and Steven Trigg who was also one of the officers at this engagement.  Of course, if you’re a Kentuckian you know about Todd County, Boone County, and Trigg County.”

In addition to re-enactors, the weekend will include trail walks, stage shows and demonstrations, plus food and craft vendors.  Admission is free. 

Events will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. The battle re-enactments will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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