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Daniel Boone re-enactor Caudill to perform at OCHS Colonial Faire

Faire to coincide with ‘Arts on the Green’

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2014) – Growing up not far from the historic Fort Boonesborough, Steve Caudill always had a keen interest in the early settlers of Kentucky. The fact that he was descended from the Boone family automatically instilled in him a love for the 18th century.
Caudill now portrays Boone, separating the fact from the fiction, bringing the legend of one of America’s first heroes to life.
“Most people want to sort the fact from the myth about who Boone was,” said Caudill. A Winchester, Ky., native and former law enforcement detective, Caudill has lectured and portrayed Boone for the last decade.

Scott New
Scott New as Boone

Caudill will present a program about Boone during the fourth annual Colonial Trade Faire on Saturday, June 7, at the Oldham County History Center, 106 N. Second Ave., in La Grange. Caudill will present his program on an outdoor stage at 2 p.m. The focus will be on the two years Boone lived in captivity with the Shawnee around 1779.
It seems Caudill has been in character since age 9, perfecting the skills of an 18th century woodsman. That’s when he learned to shoot competitively at the national level in Friendship, Ind., during the National Muzzle Loader Rifle Association shoots.
He was present during the grand opening of the reconstructed Fort Boonesborough in 1974, and it made a lasting impression on him. Caudill was raised on the stories of the traditions and rich heritage of the early pioneers who settled Kentucky.
Kentucky was part of the County of Virginia at the time and did not become a state until 1792. A large part of Caudill’s performance has to do with the “trials and tribulations Boone paid for Kentucky,” he said, such as “losing two children in the pursuit of Kentucky.”
The Colonial Trade Faire will feature a live 18th century cannon demonstration, period music and instruments, Colonial Garden, various heritage skill demonstrations such as spinning, several Kentucky authors who will sell and sign their books, a historical painting display in the Rob Morris Educational Building by local artist Richard Luce, Living Statues, and activities geared toward children that include a magician, Squallis Puppeteers and a stilt walker.
The PBS documentary, “Lafayette: The Lost Hero,” will be showing the entire weekend on the D.W. Griffith Theatre in the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum. The back room of the museum will have on display various items, such as clothing and toys, which pertained to pioneer children.
Caudill also runs a Colonial reproductions business, Daniel Boone Trading Post, and will have items for sale at the Colonial Trade Faire. His business will be featured in an upcoming issue of Country Living Magazine.
Caudill has just recently received the honor of becoming the official re-enactor for The Boone Society, an organization of descendants, genealogists and historians dedicated to preserving the history of the Boone family.
His duties will including making many public appearances on behalf of the Boone Society. This includes “anything that educates people on Daniel Boone and the early American history of the 1700s,” said Sam Compton, president of The Boone Society.
“Steve was chosen for several reasons,” said Compton. “Number one, because he is a Boone descendant.” One of Caudill’s ancestors married Squire Boone Jr.’s (younger brother of Daniel Boone) granddaughter, Sarah Webb.
The Boone Society also said Caudill was perfect for the position because “he has so much experience on the subject. He is an excellent teacher. He speaks with knowledge and passion about Boone,” said Compton.
Caudill’s first major appearance for The Boone Society will be at the dedication of the Boone Trace on June 14. The Boone Trace is a corridor leading from Cumberland Gap at the borders of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky to Fort Boonesborough on the Kentucky River in Richmond, Ky. Various stations will be set up along the way for visitors to learn more about Boone and the early pioneers who came through the Gap.
The Colonial Trade Faire is held in conjunction with the Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

• For more information on the event, contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826.

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