100 Years on the Ohio River
event at Farnsley-Moremen Landing
those who founded Louisville
Helen E. McKinney
LOUISVLLE, Ky. (May 2009) Abraham Lincoln
will be part of an entourage of famous Kentuckians who will visit Louisville
in May for a timeline event honoring those who founded the city of Louisville
and contributed greatly to Kentuckys rich history. Joining him
will be Frederick Douglas, John James Audubon and Gen. George Rogers
Clark, men whose exploits have woven them into the fabric of the state
and countrys heritage.
by Helen McKinney
and event organizer
Rod Smothers often gives a flax
demonstration at many living
Lincoln will be portrayed by Dennis Boggs, who has researched
countless primary resources to provide an educational look at the life
of the 16th president. His presentation often encompasses different
aspects of the presidents 56 years of life.
Boggs will be part of the historical timeline re-enactment 100
Years on the Ohio River set for May 16-17. This event explores
the years 1765 to 1865. Friday, May 15, is a day set aside for area
Students from local schools will see some of the demonstrations
from the event, will get to interact with the re-enactors including
Lincoln (who had strong ties to the Speed family and who visited them
in Louisville), said re-enactor and event organizer Rod Smothers.
Students will also be able tour the Civil War-era home where the event
takes place, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.
Smothers is part of the Falls Landing Foundation Inc., comprised of
a group of living historians, Louisville Metro Government and state
representatives. The foundation approached Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen
Foundation with the idea of holding a commemorative re-enactment on
this 300-acre Metro Park, and the event has now been expanded into a
They approached us with the idea of holding an event here because they
liked the setting, said Patti Linn, park director for Riverside. Its
a place where its easy to image yourself back in time.
Farnsley-Moreman Landing in
Louisville has two miles of river frontage
in a relatively natural setting.
We have a split time period interpretation in the house,
said Linn. The first floor pertains to 1840 and the homes founder,
Gabriel Farnsley. Farnsley built the house in 1837 and lived there until
his death in 1849. The second floor depicts the year 1880 and the period
when the Moreman family lived there, having moved in in 1862. For this
reason, a timeline event was a good fit for us, she said.
Smothers aided in creating 100 Years on the Ohio River several
years ago with the focus of the event on the founding of Louisville,
the exploits of Clark and the Revolutionary War on the Western front,
he said. In addition to the 18th century lifestyle, the event takes
a look at the people and events connected to Kentucky that shaped the
19th century as well.
Louisville is located on the Ohio River which was the main route
for settlement of the 18th century frontier, Smothers said. We
felt that the river should serve as the centerpiece of the event. We
found the perfect place to host the event at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman
Landing, which has two miles of river frontage in a relatively natural
Smothers became involved in re-enacting due to his mothers genealogical
interests. There are many facets to re-enacting including genealogy,
history, camping-outdoors, shooting, music, textiles, gardening-agriculture,
calligraphy, woodworking, hearth cooking, sewing-costuming and more,
Included in the weekend event will be period craft demonstrations, military
units, food, camps, river pirates, period music, vendors and different
historical figures, said Linn. Visitors will be able to stroll through
each time period and interact with presenters. Past speakers have included
Frederick Douglass, George Rogers Clark, John Floyd, William Clark and
ladies will be part of the
re-enactment at the "100 Years" event.
This event has been doubling in attendance every
year, said Smothers. Re-enactors attend from surrounding states
representing many groups and time periods including Native Americans,
long hunters, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Regency Period, Mexican
War and Civil War.
Louisville Metro Council officially declared May 27 as Falls Landing
Day in June 2008. We wanted to call attention to the day
that Clark and his expedition landed on Corn Island in Louisville,
Smothers said. This was the beginning of a permanent European
settlement at the Falls of the Ohio.
Clarks campaign helped to double the size of the colonies at the
end of the Revolutionary War. Louisville is now the 16th largest city
in the United States.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors
and $3 for children and includes all activities and a guided tour of
Riverside. For more information call (502) 935-6809, email email@example.com
or visit: www.FallsLanding.org
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