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“A Historical Highlight”
Review of Boone Trace Marker

Boone Trace Marker
Ranked #7 of 21 things to do in Berea
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Boone Trace is a commonly overlooked yet significant part of our nation’s history. Running a total of 194 miles in length, this trail was blazed over a period of two months by the American frontiersman Daniel Boone in the late 18th century. Its sole purpose was to provide a way for settlers to move westward, which had previously been attempted only on rare occasion due to potential dangers in the wilderness, namely Native Indians and wild animals. The Boone Trace became the first official road of its kind, and between 1775 and 1795 it was traversed by approximately tens of thousands of travelers. This trace opened up the doors of the west for settlement and provided a “prototype” for future transportation methods within the newly established country. In the end, it was both the navigational skills and courage of Boone that not only cleared a path of fearlessness for the early American settlers but ultimately paved a road to freedom.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Across the Street from the historical Boone Tavern, the story of the birth of Kentucky and the opening up of the West awaits you on an old rock plaque. It is more than just a piece of rock, it is a historical gem erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1915 to mark the Boone Trace. The Boone Trace is the path that Daniel Boone and his axe men trail blazed in March and April of 1775 to open up Kentucky and the West.
This plaque is somehow hidden in the piece of garden between the roads thus most miss it, they miss the chance of having a sneak of Kentucky’s infancy. The curious find it and the experience is of immense gratification.
This plaque, however, is not on the exact Boone Trace; it is half a mile, a walking distance away from it next to Brushy Fork.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

All the way from the Cumberland Gap to Boonesboro, Kentucky, the Daughters of the American Revolution have erected commemorating stones of America’s most meaningful trail, the Daniel Boone Trail. Each and every monument contains a bit of American history, and sets a stage for the present-day citizen to feel like a pioneer. In particular, one marker of Daniel Boone’s Trail resides on Berea College’s campus just in front of the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. Adventuring to the historical memorial captures American History and provides a physical relic to appreciate the making of present-day America.

1  Thank Kyle E
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Berea College has a wonderful history with roots in early Appalachian settlements. I was fascinated to know that the history of the College was indirectly related to the Boone Trace. The Boone Trace, made in 1775, started in North Carolina and ended in Kentucky. It was perceived as the gate to the West, and it was the first road into Kentucky that was created for the purpose of bringing settlers into the area. As settlers came, Berea College was birthed as an indirect consequence in 1855. I am incredibly happy to know that there is a historical monument in Berea which dates to 1915, across from Boone Tavern Hotel, that recognizes the value of the Boone Trace.

1  Thank Nicoleta D
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Just a short 30 or so miles from the bustling town of Lexington is one of Kentucky’s most precious treasures—the small historical town of Berea. Between the history of the city and college, along with the preservation of the artesian culture—Berea is truly a place you don’t want to miss! The thing which I myself have come to appreciate along with others who have the joy of visiting, is the power which this small town has to send you back in time—back when life was simple. One of my most recent discovery’s was the of the legendary Boone’s Trace marker which rest directly in front of the renowned Boone Tavern Hotel. After doing a short search on the web I discovered that Berea, KY was in fact along the Boone’s Trace, which was the trail blazed by Daniel Boone in March and April of 1775 from North Carolina, through the Cumberland Gap to Boonesborough. What this means is that here in BEREA is one of most historical roads in not just our states history but our entire nations history—for the Boone’s trace was the road which lead to the founding of Kentucky in 1792, and more importantly is responsible for opening up the west for exploration. By trailing the Boone’s Trace you really get a sense of traveling back in time, and it allows you reconnect with nature and the land—just like Daniel Boone did himself 239 years ago.

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