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The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat 2015
September 12-14

Presented by The Painted Stone Settlers

Photos by Jim Cummings and Kurt Caulley


The Participants of
The Long Run Massacre

Settlers of the Painted Stone Station are Attacked near Long Run

The Settlers evacuated The Painted Stone Station on September 13,1781 and on September 12, 2015 re-enactors portrayed this historic event.



Settlers of the Painted Stone Station are Attacked near Long Run

Although most re-enactors come for an entire weekend - often jobs and family life take precedence and those involved in the re-enactments change from Saturday to Sunday. So the story may remain the same the participants often change and give a different look to the scene.


The Prisoner Exchange

In a quest to better understand history, The Painted Stone Settlers provide visitors with a scenario about one of the many prisoner exchanges that were held throughout the Ohio valley in the late 1700’s in which natives and settlers came together to trade prisoners for goods.




School Day with The Painted Stone Settlers Friday
September 11, 2015

Education is the keyword for The Painted Stone Settlers. As a non profit 501 (c)3 the group is dedicated to teaching the history of Shelby County Kentucky. Each year 600-800 students arrive on site on Friday about 9 AM. These students and homeschoolers can visit 23 stations manned by volunteer re-enactors and demonstrators. To learn more about the school day visit the web site and register for 2016.

The History

The Painted Stone Settlers were a group of settlers led by Squire Boone who built their station in 1780 Kentucky. By 1781, as Indian attacks were becoming more frequent the group opted to leave the settlement for a more populated station. Linn Station was 23 miles from Painted Stone. During the trek, the settlers with their livestock and household goods had to cross Long Run Creek. It was about noon and at this point that 50 Miami Indians with their British allies chose to attack.

Men, women and children were killed and scattered, many not reaching Linn Station until nightfall. On the following day Col. John Floyd, of the Jefferson County Militia led a party of men out to check for survivors and bury the dead. The Indians had stayed in the area knowing the settlers would return. This militia group was also attacked. Seventeen men were killed or captured. It became known as Floyd’s Defeat.

Enjoying the Event


Red Orchard Park is located in Shelbyville, KY in central Kentucky. A former private farm, donated to the county as a park, the land is both picturesque and historic. Few re-enactments takes place in an area where there are so few signs of modern life. The camps are spread throughout the area and there is plenty of room for vendors, cannon demonstrations and the battle re-enactment itself. Campers can choose to be close together or spread out with plenty of green space around them.


Entrance to the re-enactment area.


Demonstrators and vendors

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Camping along the creekside.

This group set up camp in a small grove of trees.

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Regardless of the location every spot seems ideal.

The Cannon Demonstrations


After the demonstration is over - visitors are invited to come up close and ask questions about the cannon and her crew.

Special thanks to Kurt Caulley of Germantown, Ohio for again joining us as a Pioneer Times photographer at this event.

Presentation of the Colors - The Governor Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

with Special Thanks to Charlie Scott!


An Artist Looks at The Long Run Massacre

By Jim Cummings

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