The Boone Trace

Sam Compton

Sam Compton

President, The Boone Society


The Boone Society is honored to work with the State of Kentucky to provide recognition of Daniel Boone and the first settlers to reach out for westward expansion.


These first steps across the Cumberland Gap
 with the hopes of new opportunity were historical in nature.Not only did this establish settlement in Kentucky, but launched the beginning of a new nation.


We thank everyone supporting this project for their passionate interest. Without you, this would not have been possible.





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David Wright



David Wright is a premier artist of the American Pioneer frontier. His painting "Gateway to the West" is featured as a wall mural in the visitors center in the Cumberland Gap National Park.



  Randell Jones

Randell Jones is an Award winning author of books such as "In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Trailing Daniel Boone. He is also a member of the Boone Society.


Trailing Daniel Boone


  Neal O. Hammon 

Neal is an author and has written two books on Daniel Boone.
"My Father, Daniel Boone" and "The Battle of Bluelicks." He also serves as a historian for the Boone Society and contributed the research work for locating The Boone Trace.



   Kent Masterson Brown

Witnessing History’s Kent Masterson Brown is the producer of the documentary "Daniel Boone and the opening of the American West" This is a two hour film of the life of Daniel Boone. Our organizations support each other with promotional efforts.



  Gary Foreman

Native Sun Productions created the film, "Daniel Boone and The Westward Movement."


This is the story of how that famous frontiersman became the American Moses and initiated the western migration into the "Dark and Bloody Ground" – a movement that would continue for another century.




Custom Made Bluegrass 


Custom made Bluegrass band comes from Winchester, KY and is the official Band for the Boone Trace Project.




The Boone Trace is a tourism corridor from The Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough, KY, 120 miles away. It follows the pathway that Daniel Boone blazed in 1775 to bring the first settlers in the wilderness destined to be Kentucky.


The trace will never be a full walking trail as it has been developed into roads, railways, townships and private property. But there are enough lengths of it that can be walked upon. Some are a few hundred feet and some are several miles.


The route will consist of three routes. One is the original Trace as located by The University of Kentucky with the research of Neal Hammon, author from Shelbyville, KY. Neal used the land surveys from the late 1700s that used the Boone Trace as a reference point. The next routes are the series of secondary roads that allow access to the historical site on the trace. The last route is Hwy. 25E and 25 that run parallel to the original trace. This is also referred as the Boone Trace bypass.


This is a drive yourself tour assisted by a KY/History App program, accessed by Internet and printed brochures placed at Visitor centers throughout Kentucky. While this is a tourism venue, the focus of it is devoted to early American education. In a sense it’s an education vacation opportunity. Individuals and families will be able to trace the steps of Daniel Boone to learn about his passion to move westward out of the colonies. Over the next few years, 200-300 thousand settlers followed him to start the "Great Westward Expansion".


As one travels from Education Station to station, they will experience a living classroom with wayside signs and web support. The apps will allow you to read text and play video clips of what happened here and experiences on the trace for the past few days. For the children there is a series of whispering post for children to learn in their levels. These features will have to be built in phases over time as money is raised for that purpose.


The first phase will be dedicated June 13-14th 2014 at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. This two day event begins at Martins Station, VA with Education Day for the Youth and the following day, the reenactment settlers walk over the Cumberland Gap into The national Park visitors center. We hope you join us in this historic event.



The Partnerships in the Boone Trace Project


The Boone Society, Inc. has been working quietly for two years putting together a coalition of interested parties and agencies to help make this project possible. Among those participating are:


        Kentucky State Parks

        Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism 

University of Kentucky

Daughters of the American Revolution / Kentucky

Fort Boonesborough, KY

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Martins Station Fort, VA

Tourism agencies in Bell, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Madison and Clark counties

        David Wright, artist of ‘The Westward Movement"

        Steve Caudill (Daniel Boone), first-person historic interpreter  

Neal Hammon author of "My Father, Daniel Boone"

Randell Jones, author of "In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone" and "Trailing Daniel Boone"

Witnessing History, Kent Masterson Brown, producer of "Daniel Boone and the opening of the American West" film

Native Sun Productions, Gary Foremen producer of "Daniel Boone and The Westward Movement" film


These organizations and individuals have generously contributed to the development of this project. Without them it would not have been possible. This collective effort is to celebrate, educate, and honor the figures and the history of this period of America’s story.          




The Boone Trace Is a National Treasure /News Release

With the announcement on July 12, 2013 by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, the Boone Society, Inc. through its Boone Trace Project begins its committed role in helping all American’s remember and honor the history, legacy, and consequences of Daniel Boone’s efforts in 1775 to mark Boone’s Trace. The Boone Trace Project specifically celebrates Daniel Boone and a party of 30 axmen, with two women along as camp keepers, marking this trail for other settlers to follow into the wilderness that became Kentucky. Their task was not easy and not without great peril and even death for some of the immigrants in their party. But the consequences of that heroic effort heralded the Western Movement by which the United States of America grew across its first frontier through the remainder of the 1700s. Its impact was profound. Improved understanding and appreciation of that broader history is the true mission of the Boone Trace Project.


 A Kentucky Corridor

We can identify the actual route and the historic sites along the way. We can offer sites for historical appreciation and education. And along the Boone Trace corridor, we can identify recreational venues for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Boone’s Trace will be a series of experience-based venues to educate our youth and ourselves on early Kentucky history, the history that is so important to understanding America’s story.


 This opportunity exists today because the citizens of Kentucky and the agencies of the Commonwealth have worked to preserve and develop the resources that exist today to tell this story. The Boone Society, Inc. is pleased to have the opportunity to bring all these separate efforts together into a common focus and appreciates the enthusiasm and willing cooperation offered by all these parties. This is a collective effort, one that will succeed only because everyone wants to contribute a part.   


Education for the Youth

Boone Trace Wayside Signs


The foremost endeavor of the Boone Society is to educate the youth of

Early American History. The Boone Trace project is designed to be a living classroom with education stations along the route that teaches of the life in the late 1700s and the struggles to seek new opportunity. They learn of the dark and dangerous times the settlers faced and the hardships that came with it.


As funds become available, the education stations will have wayside signs and supported with an apps program that can be accessed with I-Phone and I-Pad technology. This app will consist of not only text and links, there will be video clips of "Daniel Boone" narrating what happened at that particular point. Another technology is a whispering post, for the younger children to learn from. The whispering post will be an audio of pioneer children describing the activities and encounters they faced.


Public, private and home schools will be invited to take field trips and use these tools for education. They will be able to walk on the Boone Trace and learn of the life and hardships of the time and visit these educational wayside exhibits.


A History of Commemoration

In 1915, the Daughters of the American Revolution in four states–Kentucky,

Trailing Daniel Boone book cover

DAR marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915 

Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina marked Daniel Boone’s Trail. They were the first group to do so; and, 27 of the 45 bronze and cast iron markers they erected can still be found today. You can read about this exciting story in the 2012 release, "Trailing Daniel Boone." See Daniel Boone Footsteps.  


Other groups over the last century have also marked Daniel Boone’s Trail. The Boone Society follows that great heritage in commemorating this historic trail for a new generation.   


Everyone has heroes.

Heritage tourism is an important element of economic development in Kentucky. As visitors are attracted to the Boone’s Trace Corridor, the state parks and communities along the corridor should benefit. Boone’s Trace is a treasure of Kentucky, one that deserves to be promoted, preserved, studied, and appreciated for generations to come. 


Steven Y. Caudill/Daniel Boone

Steven Caudill represents The Boone Society as Daniel Boone. He is a descendant of Mary Boone, sister of Squire Boone, father of Daniel. It is great to have him represent his family. Steven and his wife Stephanie reside in Winchester, KY.


Steven is a re-enactor, who lectures anywhere from elementary schools and colleges to civic groups and organizations.  He has made numerous appearances at living history events across the country.  Steven has developed a presentation that can be tailored to any type of group to tell the story and facts of the life of Daniel Boone in the 18th Century.  This presentation is not only a most enjoyable discovery of Kentucky, but is an educational look into the life and legend of one of America’s first heroes. 


 Steven was born and raised in Winchester, Kentucky, just a few miles northeast of Fort Boonesborough.  His family has a rich background in the history of the area.  He started at the age of nine shooting competitively at the national level in Friendship, Indiana during the National Muzzle Loader Rifle Association shoots.  As a child, Steven remembers being at the grand opening of the reconstructed Fort Boonesborough in 1974, and through the years grew to love the stories of Daniel Boone from the 18th century.  He was raised learning of the traditions and rich heritage of the early pioneers who came to make "Kantuckee" their home.


The Boone Society

The Boone Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization of historians, genealogists and descendants of the Boone family. The Boone Trace Project is a way for us to give recognition to Daniel Boone, our most famous ancestor. Early American History is fading and with it the fact that he is the "Father of the Westward Movement"


We have limited resources available and certainly not what’s necessary to fund a project of this size. We welcome financial contributions, new members, and volunteers. You can learn more about this on our web site.


Please visit our web site to learn more about us. The Boone Society, Inc.  



We invite you to join us in preserving The Boone Trace for educational and tourism benefits to the heritage of Daniel Boone and The Blue Grass State of Kentucky. 

Thank you for your interest and support. 


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President, The Boone Society, Inc.

Sam Compton


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to fund a project of this size. We welcome financial contributions, new

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