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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Uncovering Our Pioneer Past

 
 
Uncovering Our Pioneer Past Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 23, 2022
1. Uncovering Our Pioneer Past Marker
Photograph taken from the street using zoom lens.
Inscription.  Archaeological investigations were conducted here to learn more about Boone's station. The architecture was defensive in nature because of the threat of Indian attacks during the Revolutionary War. The station enclosed about half an acre, was home to about fifteen families, and had a well inside. Water was also available from a spring located downhill from the station.

The research conducted is far from complete. More archaeological digs are needed to uncover the whole story left behind here by Kentucky's early pioneers.

Excavations by the University of Kentucky uncovered stone foundations of the station cabins, and a short section of the stockade ditch built by the Boones. The large stone foundation of the house built by Robert Frank in 1795 was also discovered. The house was built on the same alignment as the cabins. The stockade was no longer needed and was torn down, but the cabins were useful to house slaves and other purposes.

The station cabins varied in size. Each had a chimney and fireplace at one end. In contrast, the Frank house was a two-story stone structure with chimneys on each end. It also had a deep
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologySettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1795.
 
Location. 37° 57.07′ N, 84° 21.409′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on Gentry Road, 0.3 miles east of North Baxter Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Gentry Rd, Lexington KY 40509, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boone's Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Boone (within shouting distance of this marker); Boone (within shouting distance of this marker); Boone's Creek Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Jacob Niles (approx. 1.7 miles away); ← Cave Spring (approx. 2.3 miles away); Caveland (approx. 2.7 miles away); Jones Nursery / Nursery Place (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. It is in an open field at Boone Station State Historic Site. It is on clearly marked private property with a fence and 'No Trespassing' signs.
 
Uncovering Our Pioneer Past Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 23, 2022
2. Uncovering Our Pioneer Past Marker
Featured marker is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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