Department of Parks
Battle of Blue Licks Anniversary Weekend Set for Aug. 16-17

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 01, 2014  
Contact Information:  Rob Mack,
800-443-7008
 


 

MOUNT OLIVET, Ky. – Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park will commemorate the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle with its annual re-enactment weekend on Aug. 16-17.

 

Admission to this event will be free this year. The park will be celebrating the reopening of the Pioneer Museum, which will also be offering free admission for the weekend.

 

The re-enactment commemorates the 1782 battle that included Daniel Boone and other pioneers along the Licking River. The outnumbered pioneers lost as they went up against British soldiers and Native Americans. Among the 70 pioneers who died was Boone’s youngest son, Israel.

 

The weekend will feature pioneer camps, entertainment, trail walks, historical programs and two battle re-enactments: at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

There will be live musical performances from Ripley, Ohio’s Gunpowder Creek; Jon Hagee, from Lexington; and also a performance from the William Sutherland Reid Bagpipe and Drum Corp, of Lexington. Recording artists Heath & Molly will perform near the pioneer encampment Saturday at 8 p.m.

Food and craft vendors will also be set up on the park, so load up your van and bring the entire family out for a full day of special programs and activities. For more information, call 859-289-5507, or toll free at 800-443-7008.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, Hidden Waters Restaurant, gift shop, miniature golf, picnic areas and hiking trails. The resort is located 45 miles northeast of Lexington off historic Highway 68.

 

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The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov