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Near Shepherdsville in Bullitt County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Brooks' Spring / Westerfield Massacre

 
 
Brooks Spring Marker side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
1. Brooks Spring Marker side
Inscription.  
Brooks' Spring
The spring here, first called Stewart's or Phillips' and then Brooks' Spring, was a well-known camping place in the early 1780s on the main route from the Falls of the Ohio & Beargrass Creek to Bullitt's Lick and Harrodsburg. Revolutionary War skirmishes with settlers & British-allied American Indians made the area dangerous.
Hester Family

Westerfield Massacre
Several families, led by Low Dutchman James Westerfield, were attacked by American Indians while camped near here on April 3, 1781. Over a dozen travelers were killed & 2 girls were taken as captives to the British at Detroit. Survivors fled to nearby Clear's Station.
Dutch Cousins of Kentucky

 
Erected 2019 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2580.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersNative Americans
Westerfield Massacre Marker side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
2. Westerfield Massacre Marker side
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Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 3, 1781.
 
Location. 38° 3.717′ N, 85° 41.697′ W. Marker is near Shepherdsville, Kentucky, in Bullitt County. Marker is on West Hebron Lane, 0.1 miles south of John Harper Highway (Kentucky Route 1526), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1868 West Hebron Lane, Shepherdsville KY 40165, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brashear's Station (approx. 4.1 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Field Brothers (approx. 4.3 miles away); Jefferson County (Kentucky) Korean War Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Samuels Property Added to the Jefferson Memorial Forest (approx. 4.6 miles away); Wilderness Road (approx. 5 miles away); Alma Wallace Lesch (approx. 5.1 miles away); Bullitt County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); County Named, 1796 (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdsville.
 
Also see . . .  Westerfield Massacre. Summary of the attack by the Bullitt County Genealogical Society. (Submitted on June 2, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Brooks' Spring / Westerfield Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
3. Brooks' Spring / Westerfield Massacre Marker
 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Nov. 27, 2022