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
2018 Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment at Shelbyville, KY’s Red Orchard Park.
2018 Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment at Shelbyville, KY’s Red Orchard Park.
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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. - Aug. 15, 2018 - PRLog -- A dozen new cycling trails, a singular new trail following the Civil Rights Movement across the South and stopping in Simpsonville at the boyhood home of a historic figure, and a re-enactment of a gruesome event that took place on the roads leading to an early Kentucky settlement give cyclers, outdoor lovers, history buffs and weekend wanderers numerous reasons to visit Shelbyville this fall.

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:

'What happened here changed the world'

The Whitney Young Birthplace and Museum ( in Simpsonville is one of only three Kentucky locations on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which debuted earlier this year and links together more than 130 landmarks across 12 states – and probably one of the least-known. Visit this off-the-beaten-path treasure to see the birthplace of a man who became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and was a lifelong warrior against employment discrimination.

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 ( based its route model on two books written by Joe Ward, considered cycling bibles for this part of the country: Wheeling Around Louisville: 25 Great Bike Rides Around Louisville, Jefferson County and Southern Indiana. The web-based, free inventory of rides is available at

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 ( for information on accommodations, locally-owned restaurants, distinctive shopping and can't-miss attractions.


Katie Fussenegger, CTA, CTIS, TMP,, 502-633-6388

Executive Director of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau,

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SHELBYKY ( │ ShelbyKY is all about the Stables, Tables & Designer Labels. The communities of Shelbyville, Simpsonville and Shelby County form the American Saddlebred Capital of the World. Home to 90-plus Saddlebred horse farms and breeding and training facilities, ShelbyKY gives visitors a rare peek into the world of the captivating Saddlebred show horse. ShelbyKY's dining landscape includes culinary icons Science Hill Inn, Claudia Sanders Dinner House and Bell House Restaurant and nearly two dozen other locally-owned dining venues. It is home to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Kentucky's only designer outlet mall, and the interior design, antique, home accessory and furniture shops comprising "Design Destination." Attractions include Jeptha Creed Distillery; Talon Winery; the Shelby County Community Theatre; and lots of outdoor adventure – water sports (fishing, canoeing, paddle boating), horseback riding, golf and fall-fun pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Simpsonville's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Birthplace is on the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Overnight choices include brand name chain hotels, group lodgings, bed and breakfast inns and downtown lofts. Accolades: No. 1 "Best Town to Raise a Family in Kentucky" and among the best places in the U.S. to live and work (; one of the 10 safest places in Kentucky and one of America's most caring cities (

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