History of the Red River Gorge

History of the Red River Gorge

People come from all over the world to visit the Red River Gorge. It is a well-known area for exploring natural arches, experiencing biodiversity, and enjoying world-class rock climbing. However, in their explorations, few actually think about the history of the Red River Gorge…unless they come across the remains of an old moonshine still or an arrowhead in a wash.

The Red River Gorge has a rich history of people working the land and creating a home for themselves deep in the hills. Would you like to learn more about what it was like to hack out an existence in this wilderness? Lucky for you, Living Archaeology Weekend, Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, will be at the Gladie Center this upcoming weekend, September 15th and 16th.

History of the Red River Gorge

Saturday the 16th is an open event, free to the public. There will be over 20 demonstrators teaching about Native American and Pioneer technology. Visitors can learn all about spear throwing, bone tools, baskets & weaving, native pottery, medicinal plants, flint knapping, spinning, blacksmithing, bow and arrow production, longhunters, and more…

If that isn’t enough to intrigue you, there will also be foodway stations. Yes, you can learn about wild and domesticated food sources, cultivation and harvesting strategies, and different cooking methods. This Saturday, visitors will get the opportunity to sample traditionally prepared foods. Botanists will also be demonstrating how to traditionally cure and use medicinal plants.

In addition, there will be a hands on demonstration on how to build bent-pole structures.

History of the Red River Gorge

So, take a break from what you are doing on Saturday and head over to the Gladie Center in the Daniel Boone National Forest to learn more about the rich history of this area. Engage your senses with the historical sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of the Red River Gorge.

You can find out more by going to http://www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org/

Keep updated on programs offered through the Forest Service here

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