Boone Society Trip to Europe

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Carolyn Compton, Tour Guide

The Boone Society will return to it’s roots in England to retrace the Family before it migrates to America. This trip will begin with a September 1, 2015 departure to arrive in London on the morning on September 2nd. The itinerary is as follows:

  • Day 1 – Free day to settle into the hotel and rest up from your trip. Evening is free time.
  • Day 2 – Breakfast and depart by motor coach for a full day of sightseeing in London.
  • Day 3 – Breakfast and free day, on your own, in London for sightseeing and shopping.
  • Day 4- Breakfast and departure from London to Stonehenge to Bath to Exeter.
  • Day 5- Breakfast and depart for Stoke Cannon Church, a Pub lunch and dinner at hotel.
  • Day 6- Breakfast and visit St. Disen Church, then drive to Portsmouth for ferry to France.
  • Day 7- Breakfast and full day tour of Normandy Landing Beaches and Cemeteries. Dinner.
  • Day 8- Breakfast and visit Bayeux then depart by train for Paris. tour of Paris, evening free.
  • Day 9- Breakfast and tour the sights of Paris such as the Louvre and Notre Dame.
  • Day 10- Breakfast and free day on your for sightseeing and shopping.
  • Day 11- breakfast and departure for home.

This is a guided tour by motor coach with tour guides, ferry, train trips, hotels and some meals and admission to many attractions. It covers the highlights of the best in London and Paris. at St. Disen Church, you will visit where Daniel Boone’s father, Squire was baptized. A dream trip for sure.

For more details and registration for the trip, contact Carolyn Compton at 615-406-2738 or ccom123@aol.com. She organized the 2007 trip and has spent many hours to plan this one. Several people have already signed up and we hope you will join us on this chance of a lifetime adventure.

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2007 Boone Society Trip to England

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Stoke Cannon Church

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Ken and Dell Ariola going again

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Chris and Jim Johnston are going again.

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Janice Rudman, Going again.

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Sam and Carolyn, Your host

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Bangers and Mash

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Sherlock Holmes Resturant

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Stonehenge

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Baptistery where Squire Boone was Baptized

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The London Eye

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The Queen

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The Horse Guards

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Tomb of William Shakespeare

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Steps where the Pilgrims loaded on the Mayflower

And This Time, Normandy and Paris as well!

Normandy Beach

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Finding the Boone Trace

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IMG_2003Kincaid_vs_Bledsoe Neal Hammon, Author and Historian researched the land surveys from the late 1700s and located the one’s that used the Boone Trace as a reference point. Connecting these together gave us the original pathway from the Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough. He laid this route over today’s topographical map to give the relationship to our townships and roads. This route has long been lost for continuous travel, but there’s many segments that can be driven or walked upon. We see the Boone Trace Corridor as three routes. The original trace, the Boone Trace bypass of Highway 25E and 25 that run parallel to the original route and the man access roads that lead from the bypass to the individual sites of interest. This gives the tourist a menu of sites that they can customize their own journey.

Neal is the author of “The Defeat of Blue licks” book, published by the Boone Society. He is working on another book for us called “The Boone Trace”, which is a companion book for those traveling the trace, to have an in-depth view of the history. It will also be of interest to those world wide to study this segment of America’s Frontier History.

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The Boone Trace Corridor Features

The key features of the Boone Trace Corridor are:

  • Maps and Brochures for following the footsteps of Daniel Boone in 1775.
  • Website support linked through the Kentucky Travel and Tourism site. A page is already there waiting for more content as it is developed. It will include maps, GPS support, expanded historical information and links to the individual county tourism websites.
  • Highway Markers to mark the route from the Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough. These have been designed by David Wright.
  • Wayside Interpretive signs placed along the route, telling the story of America’s Westward Expansion with artwork, text and QR codes for I-Phone and I-Pad technology. The artwork will come from David Wright Art Studio and will create an art show along the corridor. Through I-Phone and I-Pad connections, there will be music from the era.

Along the motoring route, one can visit places to drive on the Boone Trace, to walk on the Boone Trace, Markers, monuments, statues and places of historical interest. There is a series of DAR markers placed along the pathway in 1915 and Kentucky State markers placed in 1942.

The Counties in the corridor have worked together to enhance the areas where people can walk on the Boone Trace and recreational sites that relate to the Boone Trace. This feature will draw additional traffic to the corridor.

The Boone Trace Project working relationships

To build a project as large as the Boone Trace Corridor is a huge workload. In our business plan, we used the concept of crowd sourcing. A year was spent developing over 127 working relationships to make the project obtainable. First on the list were the Kentucky State agencies to head it up. Next came the counties, Tourism Directors, Townships, Mayors, Chambers of Commerce, Museums etc.

We never asked anyone to get out of their box, but consider this project, within their realm and budget to join the team of supporters. If each of the working relations contributed a portion of the needs we would be able to successfully build this corridor. After a year of collecting data, we are ready to start putting it together. We are in hopes of opening the first phase in the corridor in the spring of 2016.

A partial list of the working relationships:

  • Kentucky Travel and Tourism
  • Kentucky Adventure Tourism
  • Kentucky State Parks
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Cumberland Valley Area Development
  • Cumberland Gap Historical National Park
  • Fort Boonesborough
  • Bell County Tourism
  • Knox County Tourism
  • Laurel County Tourism
  • Rockcastle County Tourism
  • Madison County Tourism
  • Clark County Tourism
  • David Wright Art Studio
  • Neal Hammon Author and Historian

 

The Boone Trace Project

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poster_(1)_12@100 David WrightThe Boone Trace Project was created by the Boone Society for two purposes. One is to give recognition to Daniel Boone for his due achievements. President Thomas Jefferson stated in a personal letter that “Daniel has never received due credit for his achievements.” That was while he was in office and here so many years later, that seems to be true still yet.

Most people know of him as a Pioneer, Woodsman, Long Hunter and Indian Fighter, but other than historians, his greatest achievement was to be “The Father of the Westward Movement.” This was huge, due to the fact that it triggered the expansion of a great nation. Compare the notoriety with Paul Revere. While his achievement was important to history, it pales with Daniel Boone’s contributions to the history of America.

The other reason is similar to the first, as America’s Frontier History is fading from the forefront. The history of the colonies and the far west are very well documented, but the link between the two is lacking dramatically. Historians are well aware of this segment, but the general public lacks knowledge of it. The TV series of Daniel Boone kept his name alive, but left a jaded view of him.

Our mission is to create a 119 mile long living classroom defined as a motoring route to teach of the first steps of entering the wilderness from the colonies to establish settlements in the west. In 1775 Daniel Boone was hired by the Transylvania Land company to blaze a trail to what will be known as Fort Boonesborough, near today’s Lexington, KY. Over the following few years, 200-300 thousand setters would flow through this notch, seeking new opportunities beyond the colonies.

The Boone Trace Corridor will follow the original foot path as defined by author and historian, Neal Hammon. He found the route by researching land surveys of the late 1700s that used the trace as a reference point. These survey maps were connected to allow us a documented location of the trace. This trail will never again be navigable from beginning to end as it has been built over with roads, railroads, towns and private property. But we have found enough places where you can walk and drive upon the footsteps of Daniel Boone as he and the 30 axe men blazed to Fort Boonesborough.

The route consist of three avenues to experience this historical event. The original Trace, Highway 25E and 25 that run parallel to it is considered the Boone Trace bypass and the various secondary roads will take you to the points of interest. There are many places where you can drive and walk on this trace. Our maps will be color coded to help one determine where these are. A red line marks the original trace, a black line indicates where you can drive on it and a yellow line identifies where you can walk upon it.

There will be a series of wayside interpretive signs to tell the story of the experiences along the way. These signs will have modern technology of I-Phone and I-Pad access. The learning experience will be enhanced to keep it informative and entertaining. There will also be a series of listening post for the children, accessed by the same technology so they have a tutorial on their level. This motoring route is being developed for educational purposes, so one can see the history as it unfolds.

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