Sunday, February 12, 2012

Registration Forms Bacon Creek Station Celebration 2012

To be emailed printable registration forms in
PDF format.

Robert: raven42141 at
Linda: bonnievilleky at
Suellyn: suellyn4246 at

Be sure and place your request in the subject line of the email.

mail completed forms & fees to:

po box 296
Bonnieville, KY 42713

THANK YOU ! See you in October.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Members of the Bacon Creek Historical Society & BOAZ would like to take a moment to thank everyone who participated during our First Annual Bacon Creek Station Celebration. It takes an entire community to make such a huge event successful! We cherish our rich history and those in our community who sacrifice their time and extend their talents to make sure our history is passed on from one generation to the next, deserve our thanks and our encouragement. We would like to thank Sue from Appalachian Regional Commission, Jane from Brushy Fork Institute, the Carman Sisters for leasing us the historic Jameson House site, Tommy Atteberry for allowing us the use of his buildings, Hardy's Construction for donating heavy equipment and operator time, Don Johnson, Kim Cook, Colby Smith, Sherman Bowman, Rickey Hardy, Arvin Pennington, Bradley Riggs , Gaines Riggs, Gilbert Hutchson, Brandon Brooks, Cindy Johnson, Linda Watts, Suellyn White, and Robert Smith for working to get the event site ready.

Thank you to our featured weekend performers; Bonnieville Elementary school, Shelly Dickerson & The 'Singing Bees', Connie Denney, The James & Tana Smith Family; Olivia, Moriah, Claira, Elijah, & Josiah. Special recognition to Olivia Smith who gave "period dance" lessons Saturday. Thanks also to Kim Cook, Brad Quinlin, Connie Denney, Sylvia Cox, Suellyn White, & Donna Irwin for their book & poetry readings. Our 2011 Living Historians:

JW & Donna Binion (Pres Jeff Davis & Mrs. Davis), Ron & Marti Perrin (Gen & Mrs. Grant), Steve Lindsey & Lisa Lindsey (Gov & Mrs. John Helm), Richard Hargreaves & Valerie Perris (General & Mrs. Duke) & June Fields (General Lee), who also held Sunday services. Thank you to Bonnieville Elementary and Principal Lori Chapman for participating in the "Living History" Education program on Friday, which we are planning on expanding next year.

Thank you to our 2011 Special Event sponsors: Tommy Atteberry & T's AUTO for sponsoring the Sharpshooters Black Powder Contest. The Official 2011 Bacon Creek Station Sharpshooter was Donna Poteet from the 24th KY. Donna received a $500 cash prize for nailing the target, a replica of an Ace from an 1860 deck of cards. Thanks to the raffle item donors: Robert & Carolyn Smith for donating a beautiful print, and the Colby Smith family for donating a DVD Civil War Journal gift-set. Sunday was Fran Bowsher's lucky day; her name was drawn as winner of both raffle items. BOAZ sponsored The Blue Ribbon Pie Contest. Blue Ribbon Winners: 1st place; MILLIE SRYGLER for her Apple Pie - 2nd place; WANDA GREGORY for her Butterscotch Pie. Congratulations to all of our event winners !

Thank you to the Appalachia Regional Commission, Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College, members of the Bacon Creek Historical Society, BOAZ Foundation, City Of Bonnieville, Rickey Hardy Family, Hardy’s Construction, Don Johnson Family, Frenchman Knob Farms, Kim Cook Family, Mark Meredeth Family, Cave City McDonalds, Cave City Long John Silvers-A&W, CAVELAND Inc., Coca Cola, Clauson Family, Country Corner Market, Elliott Legacy, Family Health Center of Hart County, Hart County Rescue, Horse Cave LOVES Truck Stop, Houchens Cave City, Kentucky Cattleman’s Association, SCRTC, WBKO & Oscarware.

Thank you to Jeanne Isaacs of Sweet Ladies Mercantile, and Glenda Shields of Glenda’s Sewing Shop; who came to Bonnieville Baptist and set up shop for the community to see period clothing, items and accessories. Thanks to all the Sewing Circle Ladies, all who attended the circles, especially our sweet sewers; Bonita Hendren, Suellyn White, Patricia Tyson, Janet Clauson, Glenda Shields. The sewing circle will continue and in addition to sewing period items, we will include lessons on crocheting, tatting and quilting, additional information will be forthcoming.

Thank you to our community churches for the use of the tent and for furnishing items for the Saturday Community Dinner: Bethel Missionary, Bonnieville Baptist, Calvary Baptist, Campground Methodist, Church of God of Prophecy, Concord & Mt Pisgah Church Families donated side items and drinks. Thank you to everyone who served; Cindy Johnson, Shirley Dye, Suellyn White, Patricia Tyson, Carolyn Beckett, Wanda Gregory, Morgan Cobb, Janet Clauson, and Linda Watts.

We were honored to have informational tables set up representing: BOAZ, BCHS, Hart Co Chamber, & Kentucky Waterways Alliance. Michael set up a mini-bookstore representing Horse Cave's Two Bears and a Dog Books. Authors graciously available for book signings included; Susan B. Dyer "Lincoln's Advocate The Life of Judge Joseph Holt", Brad Quinlin & Joshua Haugh authors "Duty Well Performed" & "On The Line of Bacon Creek" penned by Brad Quinlin & Kim Cook. Food & store vendors included; Hart County Rescue Squad, Karen Meeks Shaved Ice, & Beverly Puckett foods. Handmade, hand painted and period items were available from Glenda Shields Glenda's Sewing Shop, Tammy Coleman, Christine Barnum Bear Flag Mercantile, and Brandy Rothgerber of Home Sweet Home, American Made online sales.

We have already begun making plans for our Second Annual Bacon Creek Station Celebration, it will be held the last weekend in October on the 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2012. We are looking for 2012 Event sponsors, as you can imagine it takes a great deal of money, time and effort to make an entire weekend event a great success. If you are interested in helping us by becoming an event sponsor or volunteering in any way please contact the Bacon Creek Station Event Coordinator Chair, Linda Watts. Everyone is encouraged to come and be a part of any of our events, volunteers are always welcome.

There is always something going on in Bonnieville!

Thank You One and All,

Linda Watts

Monday, August 1, 2011

Contact Information Bacon Creek Station Celebration coming Oct 2011

You are cordially invited to attend our
Oct 28, 29, 30th 2011 in Bonnieville KY.

Bonnieville Ky was est in 1849 as Bacon Creek Station. During the Civil War Bacon Creek Station was designated Camp Jefferson.
Be a part of our Remembrance weekend.
* Set up camp on the original site of Camp Jefferson. *
*Welcoming Fireworks display*
* Dinner for participants * Old Time Contests * One Act Plays
* Jenny Lind to entertain the troops! * living history* Music and Song*
*Community dinners *
* Saturday Night Barn dance
featuring 1860's music Sunday Community Church Service
*Meet dignitaries and Officers from both sides of the War
*Old Time Parade * Skirmishes *

No registration fee for pre-registration by Sept 1st

Contact us for Participant Registration form.

Contacts: Bonnieville City Hall 270.531.3212

emails: /

visit the bonnieville facebook page or the City Website:

The Bacon Creek Historical Society Web page:

Event sponsored by: The Bacon Creek Historical Society

Friday, July 1, 2011


Bacon Creek Historical Society presents:


Tuesday July 12th 6pm

$10 per person

Campground Church Life Center

Evening admission includes:

* Fried Chicken Dinner

* Brad Quinlin, Civil War Researcher

* Musical performances

Brad Quinlin is one of the South’s premier Civil War researchers, working on the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are” & with Marietta National Cemetery.


Contact City Hall for additional information: 270.531.3212

Contact Emails:



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Colonel James Brown Forman 1842-1862

Colonel James Brown Forman
Dec 13 1842 - Dec 31 1862

Colonel James Brown Forman was from Louisville, Kentucky. He was referred to as the Boy Colonel by Gen. Rosecrans because he was only 19 when promoted from Captain to Colonel for heroism at the Battle of Perryville KY, where he rallied the regiment to a victory. He served in the Union 15th KY Infantry. Killed in action at Stone River, Murfreesboro, TN Dec.31, only two weeks after his 20th birthday.


Journal 1/12/63

The remains of the late Colonel J. B. Forman, of the Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry, and Captain A. B. Ferguson, both of whom lost their lives in the recent battles near Murfreesboro, were interred yesterday; the former from the resident of his brother-in-law, Mr. W. J. Anderson, and the latter from his Walnut Street M. E. Church. In both instances the usual military escorts were in attendance and large concourses of mourning friends followed the remains of the gallant dead to their final rest.

Journal 2/63


To the Editors of the Louisville Journal:

January 26, 1863

GENTLEMEN: If you do not deem it too unworthy, will you publish one more humble tribute to the memory of Kentucky's youngest Colonel, James B. Forman, from one who knew him?

He showed, from early youth, remarkable promise. Always seeking the society of, and appearing equal to, those much older than himself, no one ever imagined, until told, how young he was. From the age of sixteen, indeed, he seemed -- in conversation, in business capacity, in intellect, and in strength and decision of mind -- a man, and won "golden opinions" of his ability from his superiors in age and experience. His principles were firm and unwavering. He understood perfectly his own disposition and capabilities, and thus anything he undertook was successfully performed. His influence over those for whom he cared was unbounded, and his insight into the characters and motives of those he met was so keen and true that it was marvellous. He detected the fallacies in the "doctrine of secession" from the first, and what is more noticeable, he never for an instant succumbed to the insidious and -- to so many young Kentuckians -- irresistible appeal to their love for the South. It is well known that sectional attachment is especially characteristic of the young; they are never cosmopolitan in feeling; one section, one place is home, and is better than all others to them. This is one reason why the cry of "The South" has attracted some of them more than that of "The Union." Many said, "We think the so-called right of secession radically wrong, but we are Southerners -- we love the South, whatever her faults, better than the North, and, if war comes, we will be on her side, right or wrong."

But young Forman's words were (in substance): "I love and sympathize with the South as much as you, but I am a true Southerner. If the South does wrong, I say, try to win her back with kindness. But -- that failing -- I am ready to go with sword in hand, though still with love in heart, to force her to submit to rightful authority." I shall never forget once hearing him read to a party of young friends Daniel Webster's immortal speech on the “American Union." As he read that closing sentence of matchless eloquence commencing:

"When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and disordered fragments of a once glorious Union," his voice trembled with emotion; and as he finished with the soul-inspiring "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable," it was full of triumphant enthusiasm. His hearers were many of them Southern sympathizers, but not a word was spoken -- all were impressed. When Kentucky, having tried in vain to mediate, declared herself unconditionally and unalterably for the Union, and called her sons "to arms" to enforce the laws, and drive the invaders from her soil, he obeyed the call. Giving up home, friends, and all the comforts to which he was accustomed, he went to serve his country, actuated by the purest and highest patriotism. An article has already been published in your columns, narrating his successful career in the army. He gained quickly the love and respect of his comrades in arms; and was rapidly promoted until he attained, shortly before the battle before Murfreesboro, in which he fell, the high position of Colonel of the 15th Kentucky, as a reward for distinguished ability and personal bravery. His name will be always associated with the battle of Chaplin Hills, in which he played so noble a part. How were the hearts of his friends thrilled with pleasure and exultation as they heard the story of his daring courage in the rescue of the flag of the regiment on that memorable day! And now that in this, his second battle, he has lost his life, let us not "mourn as those without hope," but, while sincerely lamenting his early death, remember that he himself was willing to lay down his life even for his country's welfare. "Life is noble only when it is held cheap by the side of honor and of duty."

Monday, March 21, 2011



For Immediate Release Contact: Bonnieville city hall 270.531.3212

City of Bonnieville announces: Upcoming Weekend Festival

“Annual Community Weekend Event Oct 28th thru 30th”

Bonnieville, KYBonnieville invites you to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. In 1849 Bonnieville was established as Bacon Creek Station, and during the Civil war was designated Camp Jefferson. Be a part of our Annual Bacon Creek Station Celebration Weekend.

Authentic civil war encampments will be set up on the original site of Camp Jefferson. Come enjoy a Welcoming ceremony with Fireworks and 1860’s dignitaries, 'Jenny Lind' performing for the troops, skirmishes, living history exhibits, entertainment, old time parade, community dinners, barn dance with period singing & music, food, vendors, old time games, and a blue ribbon pie contest.

The entire community is invited to attend, encouraged to dress in old time clothing and be a part of the Remembrance weekend festivities. Bacon Creek Historical Society is sponsoring this Weekend Event, proceeds will go towards the Bacon Creek Historical Society Museum building fund.


MEDIA NOTE: For interviews and photos contact: or call Bonnieville City Hall at 531.3212

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Your Invited to Bacon Creek Station Celebration

Bacon Creek Station Celebration

Oct 28th, 29th, 30th 2011
Friday - Saturday and Sunday

Bonnieville invites you to help us Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Bonnieville was originally established as Bacon Creek Station in 1849. During the war, Bacon Creek was designated as Camp Jefferson.
Be a part of our Remembrance weekend.

*Set up camp on the original site of Camp Jefferson.
*Welcoming Fireworks display
*"Jenny Lind" scheduled to entertain the troops.
*Enjoy home cooking - pot luck dinners
*Barn dance, featuring 1860's music
*One Act Plays, music and song
*Meet dignitaries and Officers from both sides of the war
*Sunday Community Church Service


Monday, November 1, 2010

Civil War Baseball Game

Baseball game between Union prisoners at Salisbury, N.C., 1863.
Lithograph of a drawing by Maj. Otto Boetticher.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bonnieville Bacon Creek Historical Society Membership Drive

Our mission is to rediscover the rich heritage that exists through our Bacon Creek, Bonnieville, Hart County, Ky community. Our goal is to preserve that heritage and share our history with the surrounding communities and visitors to our area. We are interested in building collections and sharing information, genealogy, artifacts and photographs relating to the early settlers and history of our area. Areas of interest include: Bacon Creek, Frenchman's knob, Civil War Camp Jefferson, our Baseball and tourism history during the Bonnieville Bombers era continuing till today. Our society is interested in growth opportunities to help build a better community.

Be a part of what comes next, become a member today !

Annual dues
individual: $15.
family: $25.

Email us for additional information on joining the society and be a part of our upcoming events.


Bacon Creek Historical Society Meetings are held at 6pm cst
the 1st Thursday of every month at Bonnieville City Hall.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bacon Creek Station Celebration

Bacon Creek Station Celebration

Coming in October 2011

Fri. Sat. Sun.

28th, 29th, 30th

Bonnieville, KY was established in 1849 as Bacon Creek Station.
Be a part of our 1st Annual Weekend Community Celebration.

Attention: Reenactors, Performers, Vendors, Volunteers, all interested in participating please contact us asap.
Bacon Creek Station Celebration Event Planning Meetings held at City Hall the 1st Thurs of each Month @ 6:00.

if interested in participating please contact:

Bonnieville City Hall: 270.531.3212 or
Linda : 270.531.1179
visit the BCHS web site at
email us : bchist05 at (or ) bonnievilleky at

drop us a line:
PO Box 296
Bonnieville, KY

We need YOU to help us make this a successful annual event and help us Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War! Be a part of one of our Living history presentations, enjoy our Welcome fireworks display, witness authentic civil war encampments, period dress, Saturday night barn dance, One act plays, Singing & Music, Food, horseshoe tournaments, nail driving contest, blue ribbon pie contest, Sunday community Church service,
Old Time Baseball games (weather permitting)
Special Guests & Entertainment to be announced !!

Sponsored by: The Bacon Creek Historical Society