Monday, February 20, 2012

Spring Hike Date Set!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 -

Hike starts at 11:00 a.m. Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. The museum charges a small fee to visit their exceptional displays. Participants are encouraged to visit the museum before the hike to familiarize themselves with the high level details of the Perryville campaign and battle. There is also a well stocked gift ship in the museum, with many titles covering the Perryville campaign and other western battles. There are modern restrooms below the museum.

Please meet by 10:50 in front of the museum. The hike will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. and will go on rain or shine.

The hike will consist of four to five miles of walking and discussing the battle. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and have something to snack on. If it is a sunny day, wear sunscreen and/or a hat as the battlefield does not offer much in the way of shade. The terrain is rolling with a few short climbs. The hike will last three to four hours.

For those interested there are several locations in the general area for post hike meals and libations. The Old Owl Tavern (part of the Beaumont Inn complex) in Harrodsburg offers tasty meals and beverages. In Danville there are many choices, some of the hike leader’s favorites are The Hub Coffee House ‘n’ CafĂ©, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, and 303 W, all in downtown Danville. If craft beers are more to your liking, the Beer Engine in Danville offers their own and other tasty microbrews on draught.

Hike Leader Info – Darryl Smith serves as a board of trustees member for the Buckeye Trail Association, is a regimental color bearer in the Civil War Trust, and is a member of the Friends of Perryville Battlefield. He is an avid hiker and backpacker who also has a passion for American military history. Perryville Battlefield is one of his favorite Civil War sites, due to the near pristine nature of the park, looking much like it did during that hot day in October, 1862. Please contact him at 513-321-1539 or if you need more information.

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  1. Sounds great. I hope to be there again.

    I see that Stuart Sanders of the Kentucky Historical Society has a new book about the battle coming out. Do you think there is any chance he could show up for the tour?

    I have emailed with him a bit on some stuff on occasion and may see him if he comes to History Day on March 17 (at Northern Kentucky University), so let me know if you would like me to put him in contact with you or ask him about this.

    I hope the weather will be as nice as it was in November. Can you promise that it will? :)


  2. Hey Richard - good to hear from you!

    I'll ask Stuart if he can attend the hike, he and I are email "friends" and have met once years ago when he was still the director of the Perryville preservation group. Might be a good thing to have him join us as he might be able to share some great human interest stories from his book.

    I pre-ordered his book today, and am hoping for it to arrive in time so I can read it before the hike.

    Good weather would be awesome! Being early May I am hopeful we'll have a nice day!



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