Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

Have you ever thought about what life would be like if you lived in the 18th century? Since I love nature and farming, I think a lot about simpler times. Once I think about it though, I decide that life without modern conveniences is fun short term, but I wouldn’t want to live without my modern coffee pot on a long term basis! Thinking about life back then certainly puts current struggles into a different perspective.

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

We recently visited the Shelbyville Long Run Massacre – a reenactment put on by the Painted Stone Settlers in Shelbyville, Kentucky. It tells the story of Painted Stone Station and the real people who lived there. The Painted Stone Settlers set up a “settler site” to help teach the lifestyle of the 18th century to the community –particularly our younger generation. They really do a nice job of bringing history back to life. For example, there are weavers using looms, blacksmithing demonstrations, and even examples of toys that children would have played with in that time period. (Let’s just say that today’s kids have no idea how lucky they are!)

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky

Long story short, Painted Stone Station was a haven from the hostile actions of Native Americans in the late 18th century. In September of 1781 the people were forced to evacuate the station. While running from the station, several of them were massacred. Those that survived passed the story on to further generations. The re-enactment of the Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat is in its 18th year.

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

Painted Stone Station is a really cool place for little kids to step back in time and get a feel for what things were like for Kentucky settlers in the late 1700’s. The Settlers wear period costumes and act their parts very well. It’s sort of like being in the middle of an old time movie.

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

If you’re not a history buff, it’s not easy to learn history from a book. The re-enactment gives those with a visual learning style a chance to get excited about something they may have previously seen as “boring.” It’s a great destination for a field trip, too. The Settlers hold a special “school day” with extras, including over 20 different learning stations demonstrating cooking, sewing, horsemanship, and even 18th century entertainment with a magician and music. The kids also really love the part of the reenactment where they shoot off the canon!

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to preserve our heritage. We’re quick to pass down things like family recipes and slightly embellished tales of “walking uphill both ways 17 miles to school in a snowstorm”, but we don’t often take the time to learn more and share stories about the heritage of our home. Thankfully, reenactments like this one help to make learning about our “roots” so interesting that keeping the memories alive is easy.

Stepping Back in Time in Shelbyville Kentucky #visitshelbyky

 

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Cameron
    • November 4, 2016
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    This brings back so many memories! My father would take us to all the reenactments he could find all throughout summer vacation and though I remember complaining a lot at the time, it was awesome. Now I struggle like hell taking my own kids out of the house, all they want to do is play videogames or watch video games walkthroughs. They’re both teenagers and I understand they want their alone time but this is insane! I would love to visit the Shelbyville Long Run massacre, it looks so fun and entertaining!

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