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Being Daniel Boone

By Julie Nelson Harris

There’s no question Scott New is serious about portraying Daniel Boone.

Just walk into the Kentucky County, Va., surveyor’s office at Fort Boonesborough and ask to buy a piece of land.

Especially if you’re a female.

Scott New portrays Daniel Boone for Kentucky Chautauqua. Photo by Alan Meadows

Scott New portrays Daniel Boone for Kentucky Chautauqua. Photo by Alan Meadows

In Daniel Boone’s most gentle, yet direct voice, New reminds the women who enter his cabin to make this transaction alone that in the 1700s, they could not purchase property. Not without their husbands.

“And not one of them has taken offense to it,” said Bill Farmer, living historian at Fort Boonesborough State Historic Site. After all, that’s the way it was in the 18th century — women were not afforded the right to own property. Farmer smiles as he talks about Scott New’s extraordinary effort to make Fort Boonesborough’s visitors feel like they’re living in the year 1775. When Scott began working as a character interpreter at Fort Boonesborough and the Kentucky State Parks system in April, he initiated the surveyor experience: Walk in, buy a piece of property, receive a signed deed from Daniel Boone, and all the while, feel like you’re in the presence of the man himself, learning about the man he really was.
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Kentucky Humanities October issue hot off the presses

In just a few days, the October issue of Kentucky Humanities magazine will arrive in your mailbox. Not on our mailing list? Fix that now by e-mailing your address to Editor Julie Nelson Harris at If you love Kentucky and appreciate its history, culture and heritage, you want to get this biannual publication.

October 2009 KH coverWhat will you find in this issue?

• Information about the 275th birthday celebration of Daniel Boone at Fort Boonesborough State Historic Site, plus an in-depth look at the work of Kentucky Chautauqua’s Daniel Boone, portrayed by Scott New. Also learn about the man responsible for the majority of Boone research, Lyman Draper.

• An excerpt from Kentucky author Charles Bracelen Flood’s latest book, 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History. This chapter focuses on the events of Election Night, 1864, and is a fascinating read about this crucial time in Lincoln’s political career.

• Meet Lynn Horine, a Kentucky artist who began making pine needle gourd baskets after suffering from a degenerative disc disease.

• Read about two Kentucky universities — Campbellsville University and Northern Kentucky University — that are working to preserve history by cataloging it for the public to view.

Check the Kentucky Humanities Council Web site to download a PDF of the magazine, and join our mailing list today if you’re not already there!