Celebrate Fourth of July (2013) at The Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes

A Traditional 1850's Independence Day!

The 1850's Homeplace, Land Between the Lakes

The 1850’s Homeplace in the Land Between the Lakes is one of my favorite places in all of Kentucky… or anywhere, as far as that goes! It’s a very special place, from the gift shop to the homeplace, itself.  When you step out the back door of the gift shop and welcome center, it’s honestly as though you’re stepping back in time. They do a remarkable job of keeping everything historically authentic and you’ll find 10,001 photo opportunities.

Below is information about “A Traditional 1850’s Independence Day,” July 4, 2013. Be sure to mark your calendars now and join them “down on the farm” for a very special 4th of July. Better yet, mark your calendar and visit them THIS weekend AND again on the 4th!

Celebrate July 4th 1850’s style with Independence Day at The Homeplace in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Bring the family to relive the patriotic spirit of the era with games, music, and a cool slice of watermelon. Programs are included with general admission to The Homeplace: $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.

On Thursday (July 4, 2013), The Homeplace hosts a traditional 1850’s Independence Day Celebration under the farm’s shade trees. Learn some long forgotten traditions when you kick off the day’s festivities during the “raising of the Liberty Pole.” Then join the group toasting of the ‘American Revolutionary Heroes, our Independence, and our Union’. Enjoy a rousing rendition of Patrick Henry’s Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death speech. Enjoy a special performance by Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, portrayed by George McGee and funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Spend the afternoon sitting under the shade trees enjoying Country Tales by storyteller Don Bailey and old-time music from the Dixie Volunteers. Learn how to play marbles and town ball, an early form of baseball, lend a hand making ice cream the 1850’s way! Ice cream recipes are included in the new Homeplace cookbook, “The Homeplace History and Receipt Book,” which will be available for sale at The Homeplace gift shop. Author, Geraldine Ann Marshall, will be on hand to autograph.

“July 4th at The Homeplace is a wonderful way for the whole family to experience and learn the history behind one of the most important holidays in the 1850s.”  “Relive a time when the War for Independence from Great Britain was still fresh in memories and family stories. Independence Day celebrations were large community gatherings featuring parades and children’s pageants celebrating the hard fought independence of the country. It was also a time of political speeches and community wide BBQs and picnics. We welcome everyone to make a day of it–bring lawn chairs, blankets, and your picnic basket of goodies.” – Special Events Coordinator, Cindy Earls

See more photos of The Homeplace in our Land Between the Lakes pictures album!

Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and additional information, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow LBL on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes.

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