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October 2004

Fall at Bernheim Forest

Bernheim Forest's Annual Color Fest found The Painted Stone Settlers camped in one of the most beautiful natural settings around.

Bernheim invited the group to set up camp to give the public a view of life in early Kentucky. The Painted Stone Settlers were the first group ever permitted by Bernheim to spend the night and have a camp fire.

Isaac Wolfe Bernheim (1848-1945) established Bernheim in 1929. Mr. Bernheim was a German immigrant who settled in Kentucky. From a humble beginning as a peddler, he became successful distilling bourbon whiskey which he sold

October 2004


The Waldschmidt House Celebrates 200 Years

CAMP DENNISON, OH - In 1794 Revolutionary War Veteran Christian Waldschmidt left Pennsylvania for the Ohio Country. He located an area along the Little Miami River in Southwestern Ohio and decided it was perfect for his plans. In Pennsylvania he had a paper mill and other businesses. He planned the same for his Ohio home.

The first room was built by the time he returned with his family. They continued to live in the kitchen area (with a loft room overhead for sleeping) until the remainder of the house was built.

In 1804 the house was completed. To celebrate this 200th anniversary the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution who manage the home invited a group from Logan's Company to set up camp. In addition to the camp the DAR gave tours of the house. In The Memorial Museum Barn built by the DAR on the property in 1988 is a display of early American tools and a collection of American Flags.

The Waldschmidt Homestead and Camp Dennison Civil War Museum are located at 7567 Glendale Milford Rd. (State Rt 126) between Miamiville and Milford. For more information on The Waldschmidt Homestead click here.

October 2004


The Sutler Side of Things

by Kathy Cummings

As one of the last events of the season approached I thought I'd take an early peak at the Market Fair at Locust Grove. How many times have we perused the fairs and events looking at a sutler's wares without giving much thought to how they got there.

I stopped by Locust Grove on Friday to see what was happening. There I found sutlers and organizers already hard at work.

Some had already been there for a day, some were just arriving.  ``We prefer to set up in two seven hour days"' one woman told me. But if necessary we can do it in one 12 hour day. ``

Lines of twine, cordoned off areas for tents. Kevin Hickle and Greg Hudson had plotted things out the day before. Then they had ``dressed" on Friday morning for a TV interview before slipping back into street clothes and setting up their own ``stores."

Laura and Kyle Wilyard of Old Dominion arrived in two vehicles from Bloomfield, Indiana. ``Do you always both drive" I asked. `` No, not usually." said Laura. ``we just had some extras packed this trip."

Glen McClain of Westfork Forge was setting up too. He had come without his usual helpers and was setting up by himself. 

Everywhere I looked, sutlers were busy although they all stopped with a friendly word for me and for the new arrivals.

So the next time you're unpacking your tent and gear and wondering how you packed so much - think what it could be like... You could have driven many more miles and have a whole marquee full of goods to setup. You could be on the road weeks at a time without ever seeing home.

Sure they're making a living at it, but where would we be without the sutlers. No food to buy, when you arrive late and are too tired to cook, no caps or aprons to purchase when you

realize you left yours at home, and no fine pieces, no custom made knives, hand sewn garments, custom leather, pottery and pewter to add to your gear. Now that wouldn't be nearly as much fun - would it.  So next event - thank a sutler for being there!

Link to Locust Grove Photos

November 2004


Dancers have a Ball at the Frazier Arms Museum

LOUISVILLE, KY - Re-enactors had a chance to polish their 18th dance steps on Friday night the 5th of November. The Frazier Historical Arms Museum in Louisville, KY  opened it's doors and provided a dance caller for re-enactors at a ball open to the public. The idea came from Nathan Logsdon, a re-enactor and employee of the Frazier. We're always looking for ways to attract a crowd to the museum, he said. Logsdon and some of his fellow re-enactors also added a carriage ride through downtown, where they boisterously called out to folks to ``Come to the Frazier".

Students from the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School provided period music. Re-enactors came dressed from the frontier stations, from drawing rooms of 1812, from military units and the Scottish highlands with even a rogue or two mixing with the fine ladies and gents.

For more information on the Frazier Historical Arms Museum see stories below on the spring opening or click here to link to the Frazier. 


November 2004

Settlers Attend Book Fair

The Kentucky Book Fair was held in Frankfort, Kentucky on Novemeber13th 2004. Members of the Painted Stone Settlers attended in period dress to spark interest among the authors for The Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment.

The theme of the 2005 Long Run Massacre Re-enactment will revolve around Kentucky’s authors. “For it is the authors and their research that help to make our portrayals so realistic”, said one re-enactor. 

The Frankfort Civic Center was crowded with folks wanting to meet their favorite authors

A separate section will be set up for the authors to sign and sell books away from the juried sutlers.

Among the 160 authors present at The Kentucky Book Fair:

Author Melzie Wilson Signed copies of They Came to Locust Grove. The saga of the Clark and Croghan Families Who Influenced the Growth of Kentucky and Our Nation

Dr. Thomas D. Clark at 101 still enjoys signing and selling books. With over thirty books to his credit in his long career, Clark is a tireless researcher. This Historian Laureate of Kentucky is now working on a new book.

David and Lallie Dick signed many of their books and featured the new release Jesse Stuart - The Heritage a biography by David Dick.

Authors interested in the Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment of 2005 can register as a particpant by clicking here. Or contact Kathy Cummings at or Helen McKinney at

November 2004


Instructor Betsy Packard explains the basics to Mechelle Siler.

Sew want to make a shift

Workshop on shifts held in November

Betsy Packard held a shift workshop in Shelbyville, KY on November 20th. Experienced seamstresses and novices alike attended the day long session. The workshop was free and everyone brought a brown bag lunch.

Packard has long held that most commercially available shifts are not completely correct. She maintains that research shows sleeves were just below the elbow and that a gathered neckline was unusual.

Most of those attending chose to handsew or combine the two - sewing the hidden seams by machine and finishing with hand stitching. Another seminar for caps is planned for January 22nd.

Margrit Copeland look on as experienced seamstress Patty Hughes measures sleeves

Allen Marsee was the only male in attendance. He thought it was a great way to learn to sew.

At lunch time the crew watched the first part of “A Midwife’s Tale” the PBS Documentary on the book by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich based on the diary of M artha Ballard 1785-1812.

At the January workshop on caps the second part of the documentary will be shown. To participate in the cap workshop email Betsy Packard at

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