New historical marker to be unveiled Friday

Published 8:02 am Monday, February 27, 2017

A new historical marker will be unveiled in Clark County Friday, marking the kidnapping of Daniel Boone’s daughter and two other girls.

The marker, which was approved by the Kentucky Historical Society and sponsored by the Winchester-Clark County Heritage Commission, was placed near the Waterfront Restaurant on Athens Boonesboro Road. along the Kentucky River.

The official unveiling will be at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by a reception at the restaurant.

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A year after Fort Boonesborough was established, Boone’s daughter Jemina and the two daughters of Col. Richard Callaway were canoeing in the river in July 1776.

“They drifted too close to the Clark County side and five indians rushed out and grabbed them,” local historian Harry Enoch said. “They knew they had Daniel Boone’s daughter.”

Enoch said the girls put up a fight, but were carried away.

Two days later, Boone and a group of men found the indians’ camp site, fired a couple shots and the indians ran off, leaving the girls to be rescued successfully.

“It was a happy an unlikely reunion,” Enoch said. Usually, the captives were killed if there was a sign of trouble, he said.

“It’s one of the most memorable events on the frontier,” he said.

A grant from the Greater Clark Foundation funded the marker.

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