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Kentucky Historical Society to dedicate historical marker at Hazel Patch pioneer trail site

Monday, 09 30, 2013

CONTACT: Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will rededicate a historical marker to commemorate the Hazel Patch pioneer trail site at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Levi Jackson State Park amphitheater in London.

In March 1775 when marking the road to Boonesborough, Daniel Boone traveled the old road used by long hunters called Skagg’s Trace. A half mile east of the present day marker site, Boone left Skagg’s Trace to take a new route that became known as the Boone Trace. A month later Col. Richard Henderson and party followed the new route to Boonesborough, passing Hazel Patch.             

The marker also denotes the site of Wood’s Blockhouse, built in 1793. It was one of the earliest permanent buildings in the wilderness.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through on-the-spot history lessons that make a connection between the history, communities and items housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. The program makes Kentucky’s history accessible to the public, not just on markers along the state’s roadways, but also online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.