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Historic Washington, Ky. 

  In 1775 at 17, Simon heard about Kain-tuck-ee canelands 6 to 15 feet high. In 1784 he built his station, the first defense against Indians in northern Kentucky. The great frontiersman settled Washington and Maysville, saved Daniel Boone's life during a Shawnee attach and protected the settlers over 200 years ago.
  Simon missed his niche in the Kentucky history books, probably due to the political power of his friend, Daniel Boone whose friend, Filson wrote about him. But it was Simon Kenton who opened up the dark and bloody ground, clipping off Shawnees with his longrifle as they tried to cross the Ohio River into their favorite hunting ground. He opened up the wilderness for hundreds of pioneers who settled in Kentucky between 1785 and 1800.
  There is a museum in his honor, The Simon Kenton Store. This is housed in one of the original log cabins of 1790 and is a reminder of the store he operated here in Washington. When he moved because it was getting too tame here, he left his brother, John, to run the store. John was not a very good businessman, not collecting what was due which resulted in failure for the business.
  The village holds an annual festival in his honor the third weekend each September, known as the Simon Kenton Frontier Festival. Over the last thirty-two years a list of his descendants has been compiled. Many of them journey to Washington each year to be a part of this festival honoring their famous forefather.
 Muzzleloaders and their families set up encampments throughout the village, providing historical re-enactments and games for children. Craft, antique, food vendors and a farmer's market are set up along Old Main Street. Period demonstrations and special entertainment provide a festive atmosphere throughout the weekend. Appalachian music, a flintlock and crosslock longrifle contest, quilt show, vintage style show, broom making, and much more will have something for everyone's enjoyment.
  Featured entertainers performing authentic period music are part of the entertainment. There will be pioneer costume contest, Hat Contest, and several other contests, and an old-time parade on Sunday. The parade is always a favorite with the crowds. This event is sponsored by the Historic Washington Shopkeepers Association and the Historic Washington Special Events Committee.
  Although hundreds of years have passed since Simon founded and settled here, the village of Washington has remained seemingly untouched, almost frozen in time. Just as early pioneers discovered new territories, you, too, will make new discoveries here in one of Kentucky's most unique treasures.