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 The Pioneer Times   Winter 2003

The Settlers of Painted Stone Station

Two of the most frequently asked questions about the Long Run Massacre are - where the massacre actually took place and if there is a name

By the end of 1785, practically all of Shelby County had been surveyed, and grants had been issued for many tracts. Even so, very few of these landowners lived on their property. In 1780, the only occupied area within the present Shelby County was Painted Stone. Here the occupants lived in cabins built close together, with pickets between cabins forming a fort. According to Moses Boone, the fort was nearly square and covered about an acre; thus each wall would be slightly over 200 Feet long. He also said that those who settled there the first year were “Marius Hansbury, old Mr. Yunt and son George Yunt with their families, Wm. Hall, Abraham Van Metre, Abram Holt, Robert Tyler, John Kline, Philip Nichols, old Robert Eastwood, John Van Cleve, Evan Hinton – and several young men without families, among them were George Hohman [sic, Holman], Rich’d. Rue, a brother of Philip Nichols, one Leggett, &c. The widow Underwood and family also of the first settlers.”


On July 17, Squire Boone’s company of militia was called upon to join General George Rogers Clark in his campaign against the Shawnee, Fourteen men were mustered from his station, and several were killed on the campaign.

Following Indian attacks in 1781, the remaining settlers abandoned Painted Stone Station in hopes of finding shelter at one of the six stations along Beargrass Creek in Jefferson County. But Indians attacked them en route near Long Run, killing 7 to 10 in what became known as the Long Run Massacre. The next day John Floyd led a small company of mounted militia to Long Run with the intention of punishing the Indians, but they were outnumbered and defeated with heavy losses.  

There were 27 men who rode out with Floyd’s militia. Some of those present were: Col. John Floyd, Capt. Peter A’Sturgis, Lt. Thomas Ravenscraft, William Wells, Samuel Wells, James Welsh and Bland Ballard who had also been there the preceeding day.

Photos of the Monument to Floyd’s Defeat in Eastwood, Kentucky

A few days later additional troops were able to evacuate the wounded Squire Boone and the Hinton family from Painted Stone. After they left, the Indians burned down all the cabins at the fort. No white men resided in what is now Shelby County between September 1782 and January or February of 1784.

The following received early land grants: Hezekiah Applegate, John Bailey, Richard Bard, James Beaty, Richard Benson, John Gray Blount, Richard Brashear [Brasheir],Thomas Bull, James Carroll, Richard Chenoweth [Chenoch], George Rogers Clark, Samuel Coburn, James Cruck, Thomas Dagerly, Aniah Davis, James Elliott, Robert Elliott, Henry Fairwether, Peter Flin, James Foaker, Robert Foeman, Henry French, William Garrott, Cornelias Gatter, Thomas Gibson, Roger Top, Daniel Goodman, James Hall, James Hannah, James Harrod [Harrods], George Hart, Jr., John Helm, William Hickman, Evan Hinton, Peter Hogg, Edward Hoggin, George Holeman, Henry Holeman, John Hunt, Arthur Ingram, John Larue, James Lee, Phillip Lutts, Philip Young McCallock, George McClure, Senica McCracken, John Miller, Edward Mooredock, William Morgan, Thomas O’Bryan, George Paff, Adam Pain, John Paul, Peter Paul, Pendergrass, George Phelps, Benj. Pope, John Porter, Samuel Potter, Richard Rue, George Sitlemore, George Slaugher, Robert Slaugher, Jr., John Soverns, Isaac Sparks, Uriah Stone, Richard Thomas, Charles M. Thruston, Daniel Trabue, Benj. Underwood, Aaron Vancleve, Benj. Vancleve, James Wall, Robert Wall, Adam Whickerham Jr., Aquilla Whitaker, William White, Peter Williams, William Woodard, and James Wright.

Source: The New History of Shelby County

Events Change with the Weather

by Kathy Cummings

As December settles in, outdoor events become scarcer and scarcer. Re-Enactors settle for shorter events, closer to home and often times indoors.

Last weekend was the Annual Winter trade market at Fort Boonesborough. Re-enactors in street clothes met on the paths of the fort and talked about spring. Shopping and visiting were the order of the day. 


The Painted Stone Settlers use this time of year to visit with the public, and make their presence known in their own communities. Light Up Shelbyville in early November found the Settlers handing out Wassail on Main Street in Shelbyville.

This first week of December will be a full one with Light Up Middletown on Friday night, The Shelbyville Christmas Parade on Saturday morning and the group Christmas Party on Saturday night.

The Salt River Long Rifles will be holding a trade fair at Perryville, KY on December 12 and 13th. Another chance to shop for period wares before the holidays.

December 13 will be an 18th Century Christmas Party in Augusta, Kentucky at the 1790’s Beehive Tavern. Re-enactors from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky grace the streets of tiny Augusta as they head to the tavern. Even the natives of Augusta had to stop and look last year as re-enactors arrived in town. A well cared for little riverfront town near Simon Kenton’s Limestown (present Maysville) period costumes looked right at home on the streets and in the old tavern.

So settle in for winter - it won’t be long before trekking and camping and re-enacting days are upon us again.

2004 - Here We Come!

by Jim Cummings


We at Pioneer Times want to again thank each and everyone of the living history re-enactors, the historians, teachers, sutlers, history centers, authors and artists who have helped make this website so successful in 2003. We had no idea when we started this website just how it would take off. We are looking forward to 2004 and the re-enacting season.

In 2003 we posted over 500 photos, stories. We did interviews with Dr. Thomas Clark, and other historians. We have traveled over a five state area, and have produced five video event projects this year in addition to The Warrior’s Path a three hour “How To Tape” on portraying an Eastern Woodland Indian.

In The Warrior’s Path Jack Luttrell speaks on becoming a full time native re-enactor while Gordon Garrettt tells how you can switch from settler to Native as the need arises, keeping it as a “part time” persona.

Both men “coach” the re-enactor into honing the look and feel of the native re-enactor.

In 2004 we will be concentrating on more stories and also trying to focus on sutlers - the vendors with “the right stuff.” As the season gets underway we will return to featuring a re-enactor each week. Our T-shirts have done well and we will be offering more products on our “order” page. If you have ideas on other T-shirts or wish to have T-shirts made for your group send those ideas along.

Along with all the events we will be attending this year we will be offering advertising space where you can offer your goods and services. If you don’t have time to maintain a website yourself let us either post your ad or build a website for you.

This primary focus of our site is and has always been to promote living history and re-enacting. Thanks for your support - and now on to 2004!

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