MUSEUM CORNER: The 72nd Daniel Boone Festival  

For this year’s 72nd Daniel Boone Festival celebration, the Knox Historical Museum Corner will take a look at the current Daniel Boone Festival which is happening this week.

Our photo shows the now iconic painting of Daniel Boone leading a party of families through Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. This 1850’s painting, done by artist George Caleb Bingham, depicts Boone in the center of the painting with his face “saturated with light” and his eyes focused and steadfast.

Every year since its inception the stores and offices surrounding the Court Square and nearby streets have had schools, clubs, families and individuals decorate the window fronts with antiques, furniture, quilts, household materials and items that might have been used at the time of Daniel Boone. This year is no different. Festival goers will be fascinated by the items on display in the double windows of the Silver Fox building.

Since the theme of the 2019 Daniel Boone Festival is Boone’s Wilderness Walk, the numerous objects on exhibit are those Daniel would have carried with him on his journey through the Gap.

Shown in one of the windows are a powder horn and a bag of shot Daniel would have needed for use with his long rifle also featured. A hunting knife and hatchet were two more items he would need for survival. He also would have needed a flint and steel kit for use in starting campfires. A saddle bag typical of the one which Daniel would have carried on a pack horse is shown containing food. Tin containers also displayed were vital for holding and keeping dry cooking staples such as salt, flour, coffee and dried meat. A small trunk is displayed which would have held clothing and other personal items. Pieces of cloth and woven fabrics are shown for use as bed coverings and clothing.

Settlers also brought along corn and bean seeds to be used in planting future crops for harvesting. Large tools had to be brought on the journey as well. Daniel would have used the broad ax for clearing land and making logs. The drawing knife and froe also on display would have been used in making shingles for the cabins.

Last and possibly two of the most important items for Daniel were his Bible and a well worn copy of Gulliver’s Travels. You’ll also find included in the window a pair of glasses, a large twist of tobacco and a corn cob pipe. Both men and women probably wore glasses and many chewed tobacco or smoked a pipe during Daniel’s time.

If you are curious about these items they can be seen up close with a numbered description of each grouping. The Jackson and Oxendine families were the designers of the windows.

Dora Sue Oxendine Farmer can be reached at 606-546-3940 or seriousuu@yahoo.com

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