The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society Volume 12

The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...that place to the falls. These families were landed on Corn Island May 27, 1778, and became the founders of the city of Louisville. Cabins were erected for their habitation on the Island, and they dwelt there until the news came of the conquest of the Illinois country, and orders were received from the victorious commander to-prepare for moving to the mam shore. To secure the settlers against the attacks of the hostile Indians on the main land, a fort was ordered to be erected on the high banks where Twelfth street now enters the river. The building of this fort was committed to the charge of Richard Chenoweth; and although the structure he erected had little claim to the name of fort, consisting as it did, of rows of log cabins joined together around an inner court, it yet served the purpose for which it was intended, until a better one could be constructed. The settlers who had been cooped up on Corn Island ever since their arrival were glad of the opportunity of enlarging their range. The fort was not finished at the close of 1778 but was in habitable condition, and some of the families spent their first Christmas in the new quarters. Pleased with the idea of the approaching holidays, which all had been wont to celebrate in the old homes from which they came, they decided to give their new quarters what they called a house warming on Christmas day. As Chenoweth had been the builder of the new fort, it was concluded to honor him with the conduct of the house warming, or giving of the Christmas dinner and dance. According to the custom of the times, two things--a feast and a dance--w-ere necessary to the proposed Christmas celebration. 'Twas easy enough to have the feast. Game was abundant in the woods and expert marksmen were...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236941292
  • 9781236941299