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Jouett House to celebrate Patriot Day

The Jack Jouett House Historic site will celebrate the 236th anniversary of Jack Jouett's ride to save American Independence with Kentucky Chautauqua presents "Simon Kenton: Frontiersman." The presentation begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Jack Jouett House, rain or shine. After the presentation, there will be refreshments and tours of the house for those interested. Admission is free. One of Kentucky's greatest frontiersman will step out of Daniel Boone's shadow and live again when Kentucky Chautauqua presents Mel Hankla in a compelling living history portrayal of Simon Kenton (1755-1836). Simon Kenton, thinking he had killed another boy in a fight over a girl, fled west from Virginia at the age of 16. He was wrong - he had only knocked his rival unconscious - but the incident launched him on a life of high adventure. By the time he was 20, Kenton had fetched up on the Kentucky shore of the Ohio River in what is now Mason County. From there he proceeded to carve out a remarkable career as an explorer and frontiersman. A compatriot of Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark, Kenton was a legendary Indian fighter and became Kentucky's self-appointed welcomer-in-chief. Mel Hankla, founder of American Historic Services, is a collector, researcher, speaker, and writer of Kentucky's heritage. A noted author, he has contributed articles to many publications and is currently working on a book, Up the Valley & Thru the Gap-Following the Migration of Kentucky's Rifle Smiths. A historical actor, he has been a Chautauquan for19 years. The event is sponsored by the Woodford County Fiscal Court and the Woodford County Heritage Committee and is presented in partnership with the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc., with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation; the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation; the Cralle Foundation; the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation; Lindsey Wilson College; Morehead State University; Paducah Bank; PNC; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craigs Creek Road, just off McCowans Ferry Road.

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