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‘Squire Boone’s Keep’ takes 3rd Place at juried show


Squire Boone’s Keep

My image of one of Indiana’s natural treasures secreted deep within Squire Boone Caverns south of Corydon, titled “Squire Boone’s Keep,” was awarded Third Place in the Photography category in the 2017 Covered Bridge Art Association’s Associate Members Show.

The annual juried show is the July featured exhibit in the CBAA’s Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

I am a descendant of Squire Boone Jr., one of Indiana’s most prominent pioneers and brother of the famous Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone.

Squire Boone Jr.  discovered the original cave opening about 1790 while trying to escape pursuing Indians.

Squire Boone Jr. later owned the land above the caverns in Mauckport, Indiana, where he built his home and the first grist mill in 1809 in Harrison County. His son, Moses Boone, settled in Putnam County, Indiana, and Moses’ daughter, Susan Boone Rissler, was my great-great-great-grandmother. Moses and Susan are buried in Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery in Putnam County.

 

 

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Wednesday Word on the Street: Preservation Photo Contest


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources welcomes photographers to participate in its eighth annual Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest. Subject of image should be in Indiana and “historic,” or anything at least 50 years old. 

Boone’s Mill, built by my ancestor, Squire Boone Jr., brother of the famous Kentucky frontiersman, Daniel Boone, is more than 200 years old. It is on the historic Squire Boone Caverns site, just a few miles south of Corydon, Indiana’s first state capitol. I’m not submitting these photos; just wanted to post an example. 

I did not know that Squire Boone Jr. had carved the following inscription on one of the mill’s foundation stones until after my visit. 😦 

“My God my life hath much befriended, I’ll praise Him till my days are ended.” 

Squire Boone Jr.’s remains were moved from beneath the original cave entrance to deep within Squire Boone Caverns.

The waterfall room most likely witnessed first by Squire Boone Jr. after escaping Indians through an above ground entrance to the original cave.

The contest deadline is April 6. Preservation Month is observed nationally in May so the selected photos will be displayed in several locations throughout Indiana during May.

Click here for more contest guidelines and a printable form that must accompany each photo. (Each photographer is limited to three entries.)