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New Cycling Trails, New U.S. Civil Rights Trail Stop, Painted Stone Station Re-Enactment
All roads lead to adventure this fall in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World
By: ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau
Long Run Massacre and Floyd's Defeat remembered
The 2018 Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Shelbyville's Red Orchard Park. 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.
This living history event unfolds on Saturday afternoon and is followed by a Prisoner Exchange. Watch spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and weaponry demonstrations and explore a Native American encampment. The Sons of the American Revolution will provide a special American flag ceremony prior to the battle re-enactment. Living history interpreter Russell Morris will present traditional Shawnee storytelling and singing at dusk. Details: www.PaintedStoneSettlers.org.
'What happened here changed the world'
The Whitney Young Birthplace and Museum (http://www.facebook.com/
The simple two-story wooden house is located on the 444-acre campus of the former Lincoln Institute, a boarding school for African-American students named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln that operated from 1912 to 1966. Young graduated from this school; his father, Whitney M. Young, Sr. was president.
See the original kitchen, an exhibit featuring more than 75 historically significant photographs relating to Young and his role in the Civil Rights Movement, and Lincoln Institute memorabilia and artifacts. At the Lincoln Institute Alumni Center view more memorabilia including class rings, yearbooks, letterman jackets and sweaters and more. Learn why Young was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and why President Nixon flew Young's body home and delivered the eulogy at his funeral in Kentucky.
A Kentucky African-American Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark, The Whitney Young Birthplace and Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is included on the National Park Service's "We Shall Overcome – Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement" itinerary. It is also the recipient of a Kentucky Historical Society Education Award. Call 502-585-4733 to arrange a visit.
Cycle 12 different trails
Avid bikers and outdoor enthusiasts can explore Shelby County via 12 cycling routes, ranging from 13 to 44 miles and covering 346 miles of gently rolling hills, picturesque parks and paved country roads. Each backroad and byway offers its own distinct charm and beauty, taking riders past golf courses, an arboretum, horse and dairy farms, shopping enclaves and an apple orchard for an up-close and personal glimpse of the countryside.
The Shelby County's Parks Foundation (https://shelbyparksfoundation.org/)
More information on fall events upon request. Choose your trail and adventure, then book your overnight, choosing from a variety of accommodations, including downtown luxury lofts, lodges ideal for large families and small groups, bed and breakfast inns and well-known chain hotels. Click here (http://www.visitshelbyky.com/)
Katie Fussenegger, CTA, CTIS, TMP, KatieF@VisitShelbyKy.com, 502-633-6388
Executive Director of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau, www.VisitShelbyKy.com
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