Living on the Frontier
Learn the fascinating story of pioneer Kentucky, from frontier knowledge and Native Americans to music, storytelling and traditional crafts. This learning adventure has it all!
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Program No. 17367RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Amid the Kentucky mountain foothills, relive the days of the 18th-century pioneers who pushed the American frontier westward and learn the skills they needed to wrest a living from the land. Why did people make the perilous journey to the land the Native Americans called "Ka-ten-ta-ta?" What did they find here? What did they need to know to survive? Answer these questions and others as you study pioneer migration and learn frontier know-how like quilting, dyeing, food preparation, tracking and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Identify plants and animals that would have been familiar to pioneers during naturalist led nature walks.
  • Enjoy traditional mountain music and storytelling, and meet living-history interpreters who bring to life the Great Vendetta and other moments in Kentucky’s past.
  • Get firsthand instruction on skills needed to survive while living on the frontier, including weaving, quilting, dyeing, food preparation and tracking.
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John Tierney
John Tierney is a retired naturalist with the Kentucky State Parks System. During his 32 years of service, he lead trail walks, cave explorations, and planned many special events programs dealing such diverse nature topics as eagle watches, cave crawling events, bat seminars, wildflower pilgrimages, and environmental awareness programs. He presently conducts programs in state and national parks, as well as presenting programs for community and private organizations.
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