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Boone Society to Host America’s Frontier History Expedition

 Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kimberly Clay

kimberly.clay@ky.gov

502-564-4930 ext. 119

Boone Society to Host America’s Frontier History Expedition

May 7- 30, 2016

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2016) –Boone Society, Inc. will host America’s Frontier History Expedition May 7 through May 30. The living history event is a 230 mile horseback ride from Sycamore Shoals State Park, located in Elizabethton, Tennessee, to Fort Boonesborough State Park in Kentucky that will provide education about America’s westward expansion.

The route follows the path of historic Boone Trace, where Daniel Boone first led settlers, in 1775, across the Cumberland Gap into the wilderness of Kentucky. There are 14 encampment stops planned for the three week journey. Each stop will have educational presentations for the public including campfire talks, demonstrations of Long rifles and performances of frontier music.

Parades are planned in Barbourville and Berea. Other highlights of the event include speakers Mark Sage, representing the frontiersmen, and Rusty Cottrell as “Shawnee Chief Black Hoof,” representing the Native American culture.

The expedition will make stops at these Kentucky State Parks: May 16-17, Pine Mountain State Resort Park at Pineville; May 20-22, Levi Jackson State Park in London; May 28-29, Fort Boonesborough State Park at Richmond.

In addition to bringing awareness to Boone’s Trace Corridor and the rich story of pioneer settlement in Kentucky, this event will also help support horse therapy for wounded war veterans through programs such as “Horses and Heroes” and Deer Creek Stables in Richmond.  Donations of hay, oats, old saddles, blankets and offers of services to the veterans will also be accepted on the expedition.

Boone Society, Inc., a non-profit organization made up of over 300 Boone Family descendants, and whose mission is to preserve the legacy of the Boone Family and America’s frontier History, is sponsoring this event.

For more information and to find locations of presentation stops visit www.boonesocierty.org.

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The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $13 billion, supports 179,963 jobs and generates more than $1.37 billion in taxes. 

News: Conley Bottom Resort dedicated as a Clean Marina

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

Story by Mark Rankin

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District supports marina operators and owners who are voluntarily striving to protect the water resources of the Cumberland River Basin by going “clean and green” such as Conley Bottom Resort in Monticello, Ky. On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, the Corps, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Cumberland River Compact, and Conley Bottom Resort will celebrate the marina received their new flag to designate them as a “Clean Marina.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District supports marina operators and owners who are voluntarily striving to protect the water resources of the Cumberland River Basin by going “clean and green” such as Conley Bottom Resort in Monticello, Kentucky. On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, the Corps, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Cumberland River Compact, and Conley Bottom Resort will celebrate the marina received their new flag to designate them as a “Clean Marina.”

According to Crystal Tingle, conservation biologist for the Nashville District, “It is a honor to have Conley Bottom Resort be the first marina on Lake Cumberland certified into the Clean Marina program and we look forward to more marinas certified.”

The Cumberland River Basin Clean Marina Partnership is a voluntary program implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its watershed partners to promote environmentally responsible marina and boating practices. This program, established in support of the National Clean Boating Campaign, helps marina operators protect the very resource that provides them with their livelihood: clean water. It is designed as an ongoing program to reduce water pollution and erosion in the Cumberland River watershed. The effort encourages boater education, coordination among state agencies and better communication of existing laws, and offers incentives for creative and proactive marina operators.

The program has established a list of seven management measures that are identified as priorities in order for the marina to fly the flag of a “Clean Marina.” These criteria include sewage management; fuel control; solid waste, petroleum recycling and disposal; vessel operation, maintenance, and repair; marina sighting, design, and maintenance; storm water management and erosion control; and public education.

Conley Bottom Resort will be honored as one of eight marinas in the Cumberland River watershed that currently receive this distinguished certification as a Clean Marina. The steps to becoming a designated Clean Marina are straightforward, beginning with a pledge, which is a commitment to controlling pollution and erosion at their facility and promoting water-protective behavior with the boating public. The benefits of achieving “Clean Marina” designation are many. By participating, marinas demonstrate their commitment to addressing water quality issues. Conley Bottom Resort will be honored for their commitment to this excellence.

Conley Bottom Resort is located in South Central Kentucky on beautiful Lake Cumberland in Monticello, Kentucky. The resort marina is one of Lake Cumberland’s most accessible marina complexes. More information about the services they provide is available on their website at www.conleybottom.com.

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Vacations on Lake Cumberland

When you’re visiting Wayne County and Lake Cumberland, be sure to check out Mill Springs Park during your time off the water.  The park includes picnic tables, shelters, and grills for that perfect summer cookout anytime.  The park also includes a gift shop where you can find that original item you’ve been looking for.  Don’t forget to take a tour of the historic mill, watch a live grinding and buy some corn meal produced at the mill, or visit the Brown-Lanier House.

Make the short drive into Monticello to visit the Wayne County Museum.  The museum features all kinds of historical pieces, displays, and information about Wayne County and the Lake Cumberland area.  Guided tours are available and admission is free.  The Monticello/Wayne County Park is a great place to spend an afternoon off the water.  The park offers over 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball, miniature golf, walking trails, and many shelter houses that are perfect for a picnic.  The Aspire Community Center has a public pool that is open 7 days per week from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. to cool off on hot summer days. The center also has walking trails, a gymnasium, and meeting rooms.

Special events are held throughout the year all across Monticello and Wayne  County.  Every Saturday morning, the Wayne County Farmers’ Market is open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. EST in historic downtown Monticello at the Wayne County Marketplace.  Every third Thursday of the month, from May through August, downtown Monticello hosts a free concert on the square.  The 3rd Thursday Concert Series hosts a car show at 7:00 p.m. and the music starts at 8:00 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the free entertainment.  Check this site often to find all the information you need about special events in Wayne  County and on Lake Cumberland.

Make plans now to enjoy your vacation on Lake Cumberland.  We are certain you will enjoy your time in this beautiful area and we look forward to seeing you here!

Lake Cumberland Sunset

After a day of skiing, tubing, fishing, swimming, or just soaking in the sun, nothing could be more relaxing than watching the sunset on Lake Cumberland.  Few places on earth are as beautiful!  When visiting Wayne County and looking for something to do off the water, be sure to head in to Monticello on Saturday mornings to visit the new Farmers’ Market Pavilion in Historic Downtown.  The market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

 

While you’re in town, don’t miss your chance to stop by the Wayne County Historical Museum to learn all about the history of Wayne County and the Lake Cumberland area.  The Monticello/Wayne County Memorial Park is also a great place to spend the day.  The park offers over 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball, miniature golf, walking trails, and many shelter houses that are perfect for a picnic.

If you’re in town on the 3rd Thursday of the month, make a trip downtown for the free concert series.  The music gets underway every 3rd Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  Also, no trip to the Lake Cumberland area is complete without visiting historic Mill Springs Mill and Park.  The park is operated by the Corps of Engineers and has a gift shop for those souvenirs you can’t find anywhere else.  We hope you enjoy your time in Wayne County and look forward to seeing you here!

Welcome to Wayne County

Wayne County is in the “Heart of Lake Cumberland” and has more lake access than any other county.  There is nothing quite like spending a summer vacation on the water.  Make plans now to visit for a day, weekend, or a whole week and make memories that will last a lifetime.

When you need a break from the water, be sure to head in to Monticello every Saturday morning to visit the newly constructed Farmers’ Market located in historic downtown.  Also, don’t forget Memorial Park.  The park is located just minutes from downtown on Michigan Avenue and has 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, miniature golf, playgrounds, walking trails, and plenty of shelter houses for a great family picnic.

Downtown Monticello is also home to the Wayne County Museum that contains many exhibits about Wayne County and Lake Cumberland.  It is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the area.  A trip to Lake Cumberland is not complete without visiting Mill Springs Mill and park.  The park is operated by the Corps of Engineers and is a great place to spend a day off the water.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the official start to vacation season in Wayne County and on Lake Cumberland.  If you enjoy fishing, skiing, boating, camping, learning about the history of the area or just being in the great outdoors, Wayne County is the place to be.  There is always plenty going on during the holiday weekend.  The 19th Annual Woman’s Club Cornbread Festival will be held Saturday, May 26th at Historic Mill Springs Park.  Arts and crafts vendors will be on site along with several food vendors to take care of the biggest appetite.  Be sure to watch the grinding exhibition at the Mill at 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and visit the gift shop for one of a kind treasures to take back home or give to someone special.

For more information on all the events going on be sure to check the calendar section on this site.  We hope you enjoy your time in Wayne County and on Lake Cumberland.  Don’t miss out on any of the happenings in the area if you are visiting over the Memorial Day weekend.  If you aren’t able to make it for the start of the season, make plans now to visit soon.  We look forward to seeing you!

3rd Thursday on The Square

3rd Thursday is a free concert series that runs from May through September on the square in Historic Downtown Monticello.  Every month a new band will be performing starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The concerts will feature different genres of music including classic rock, country, lake themed music, oldies, and more.  Bring your lawn chairs to dowtown Monticello for a great night of music every 3rd Thursday of the month.  Vendors will be on location serving food and drinks along with the different restaraunts in the downtown area.

 

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Beautiful Wayne County

Lake Cumberland is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and lots of beautiful scenery.  Sunsets on the lake are the perfect way to end a great day relaxing on the water.  

When you need a break from the water, be sure to head in to Monticello every Saturday morning for the Farmer’s Market or visit Memorial Park.  The park has 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds for the kids and plenty of shelter houses for a great family picnic. 

Downtown Monticello is also home to the Wayne County Museum with many exhibits about Wayne County and Lake Cumberland.  It is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the area.  Also, a visit to Lake Cumberland is not complete without visiting historic Mill Springs Mill and park.  The park is operated by the Corps of Engineers and is a great place to spend a day off the water.

Lake Cumberland Raft Up 2015

Lake Cumberland Raft Up

The 5th Annual Lake Cumberland Raft Up is set for August 8th!  The event will be held in the same location as last year, near Conley Bottom Resort and Shinbone, and is free for everyone.  The entertainment has yet to be named for 2015 so keep checking the Raft Up website for updates www.lakecumberlandraftup.com .

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Events

  • March 30, 2017 6:30 pmMeet Mr. Lincoln at the Historic Wayne Theater
  • March 30, 2017 7:00 pmOpen Mic Night at 211 Coffee Bar
  • April 1, 2017USACE Mill Springs Mill Park Day-Use Opens for 2017
  • April 6, 2017 7:00 pmLake Cumberland Blues Society Thursday Night Jam
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