Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves


By Portia Williams

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OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves will offer the public to learn what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago experientially during Pioneer Life Week, July 20-26, to be held at Carter Caves State Resort Park , July 20-26.

According to Coy Ainsely, park naturalist at Carter Caves Resort Park, the annual Pioneer Life Week allows visitors to see how pioneers and Native Americans lived.

Most events are free to the public. The pioneer encampment near the park campground is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

A lineup of program activities include tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstrations, flint knapping, spinning and weaving demonstrations, primitive fire making, horn smithing demonstrations, pioneer clothing interpretation, salt making demonstrations and living history tours of Saltpetre Cave.

Country Fair Day will be Saturday, July 25, featuring old farm tools and machinery, woodcarving, seed spitting, flint knapping, pioneer toys, flute music, a pie auction and more. A free ice cream social will be at 4 p.m.

Additionally, Carter Caves State Resort Park also offers cave tours, canoe trips, hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing, camping, horseback riding and swimming. Carter Caves also has a lodge and restaurant. During the Pioneer Life Week, the restaurant will have a buffalo buffet including buffalo ribs, stew, meatloaf and roast on Friday, July 24.

For more information, call the park at 1-800-325-0059 or 1-606-286-4411.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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