Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park will mark the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle fought there with the annual Battle of Blue Licks Commemoration this weekend.
The reenactment commemorates the 1782 battle that included Daniel Boone and other pioneers along the Licking River. The outnumbered pioneers lost as they went up against British soldiers and Native Americans. Among the 70 pioneers who died was Boone’s youngest son, Israel.
On Friday, the Blue Licks Commemorative Commission will host a “Night at the Museum” dinner at 6 p.m.
The dinner will be held at the Pioneer Museum, for the second year, and is $25 per person, according to Elisabeth Miller, with the Blue Licks Commemorative Commission.
Miller said the dinner was not always been held at the museum.
“We were looking for a different place to hold the dinner and found out the museum was available,” she said. “We did this last year and it was very successful. While people are there, they can see the museum and all of the exhibits.”
In addition to the dinner, there will be hors d’Oeurves and dessert served.
The remainder of the weekend will feature pioneer camps, entertainment, trail walks, historical programs and the battle reenactment.
The reenactments will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday and again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“It’s the big weekend of the year,” Blue Licks Commemorative Commission President David Cartmell said. “The Sons of the American Revolution have their annual meeting during the weekend, there are vendors and historical demonstrations. The reenactments are on Saturday and Sunday. Teddy Roosevelt once said it was the ‘last battle of the American Revolution.’ It’s a nice thing to have that piece of history right here in our own area.”
Food and craft vendors will also be set up in the park.
The event is free to the public.
During the weekend, the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park golf course and pool will also be open at the standard rates.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, Hidden Waters Restaurant, gift shop, miniature golf, picnic areas and hiking trails. The resort is located south of Maysville on historic U.S. 68.