Cumberland Gap resident Mark Treadway has apparently accomplished something the town officials have had on their wish list for some time.
The owner of the Genealogy Bookshoppe, who is spearheading the upcoming Genealogy Jamboree, has managed to incorporate the Boone Trace Project into the three-day event, slated for June 12-14.
The project dedication is expected to bring busloads of Boone Society members to special events in the Wilderness Road State Park and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Its members will then make their way to downtown Cumberland Gap to witness the special march of Daniel Boone and the Axmen.
Event goers will witness the return of Boone and his troop of wilderness trekkers after some 240 years’ absence as they march down the middle of Colwyn Street at noon on Saturday, said Treadway during the June meeting of the Cumberland Gap board of mayor and aldermen.
Jamboree participants may trace Boone’s historic journey across Cumberland Mountain, as well. The trek will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the Daniel Boone parking lot.
Treadway said the 2014 edition of the Jamboree is dedicated to the late Claude Ramsey, who passed away in October. Ramsey was the executive director of the Claiborne County Historical Society and a fervent believer in restoring and protecting the rich history of this region, he said.
Everything historic will be offered during the event. Experts of the “lost arts” will be demonstrating their crafts in period dress and re-enactors of the Revolutionary through Civil War eras will be pacing their maneuvers throughout the three day event.
Nationally known lecturer Mark Lowe, award winning historic author Randall Jones, Appalachian author Pamela Richards and storytellers Johnnie Sue Bridges and Judy Baker are just a few of the special guests who will entertain and inform.
“If you go anywhere in the nation, to a conference with 16 speakers, you’re talking about $245 just to enter it. Those same speakers at those conferences are talking here, and it’s free to the public,” said Treadway.
The Jam is playing host to Pioneer Day, as well. Slated for Saturday, the event will include a Protectors of America Parade and visits from past presidents, native Americans and traditional crafters.
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will be giving his Farewell Address. United States President Thomas Jefferson will be disclosing information to prove he, indeed, discovered Kentucky and Cumberland Gap.
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary will be available, as well.
“We have also booked two family reunions at the Berkhau Park – the Massengills and the Goins – during the Jamboree,” said Treadway.
The event will coincide with a Taylor name research on Friday afternoon, which is expected to draw over 40 people, he said.
The Genealogy Jamboree will occur on Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Those interested in participating in the portion of events scheduled inside the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Theater is asked to register at www.genealogyjamboree.us. Treadway asks that those planning to attend the Jam contact him with your name, where you are coming from and the number of people you are bringing.
You may contact Treadway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please call 423-869-9580. You may also log onto the Genealogy Jamboree facebook page for more information.
Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222.