The Settlement of Kentucky
The cries to “Go West!” influenced thousands of Americans to pack up and move their families to the wild frontier. In this program, students investigate and compare the journeys of two families who took separate paths out west. First, the students will meet Rebecca and Daniel Boone. Famous for carving out the Wilderness Road, Daniel Boone returned with this family through the Cumberland Gap to settle in Central Kentucky. Next, the class will meet the McClures, a family from Pittsburgh, who traveled down the Ohio River on a flatboat. Discussing these historical accounts, both factual and fictional, students will learn how the settlement of Kentucky occurred during the second half of the 18th century.