Department of Parks
Pioneer Life Week Set For July 25-31 at Carter Caves
OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Visitors can experience what life was like on the frontier with Pioneer Life Week July 25-31 at Carter Caves State Resort Park.
The week is dedicated to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River. It will feature re-enactors, musical entertainment and historical programs.
The pioneer camp is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Historical programs are scheduled daily throughout the week, including tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, and spinning and weaving demonstrations, primitive fire making, atlatl demonstrations and pioneer clothing interpretation.
County Fair Day is on Saturday which includes displays of flint knapping, old time machinery, woodcarving, 18th century naturalist and pioneer food. The park will also have a pie auction, pioneer vittles tasting, pioneer games, tomahawk throwing and finish off with a homemade ice cream social.
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing.
The park is located off Interstate 64 at exit 161. Take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.