It was my first “Daniel Boone Day” annual celebration experience held at Whippoorwill Village in Ferguson N.C.. Daniel and Rebecca Boone lived in cabins in the Ferguson area along Beaver Creek and the Yadkin River in the 1760s with their eight children and two orphaned nephews. A Daniel Boone replica cabin is included in the collection of 12 historic buildings and log cabins that have been moved onto the family farm of Edith Marie and Hill Carter who created Whippoorwill Village to preserve the local history and livelihood.
Heritage crafts of that time were demonstrated throughout the day that included cooking, spinning, blacksmithing, flint knapping, Indian skills, and Civil War drill re-enactments. My part in this event was to display my era-associated items such as my Cheyenne style teepee and stretched deer hide. I brought a 5 foot “fish pillow” replica to add to the atmosphere by hanging it on a tripod as if ready for cleaning. Although I was prepared to demonstrate era cooking skills, my interest in firecraft and flint napping took precedence for the day and I enjoyed meeting many friendly people.
If you find yourself in this area next May, it would be well worth your effort to experience this celebration. I expect you’ll see me there having fun.