Here are some resources and organizations that had a part in making this trek more than just a long walk. If not for them I would just be wandering the most convenient roads from Kingsport to Boonesborough but with these resources I truly can walk with my grandfather, Joshua.
The Friends of Boone Trace, headed by Dr. John Fox, is dedicated to the sole purpose of saving and preserving Boone Trace. No other person today has more knowledge than Dr. Fox on the actual makeup and condition of the Trace from Cumberland Gap to Ft. Boonesborough. He has generously made available to me his 5 years worth of research.
The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Assocociation was formed to identify, preserve and promote historically significant sites along the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail corridor from Long Island of the Holston to Cumberland Gap. With current president Joan Boyd Short, they work to create historically accurate interpretative, educational and recreational opportunities which foster regional tourism and economic development.
The Boone Society, Inc. is an association of descendants, genealogists and historians who enjoy studying the lives and times of this remarkable family. It was formed as a reference service for researchers, a conduit for genealogists, clearing-house for bibliographical works, and to host the biennial Boone Family Reunion. President Sam Compton and the society have helped greatly in putting a purpose to this expedition beyond simply nostalgia.
Dr. Fleenors book, Athawominee, the Great Warrior’s Path, is a prime source to help flesh out the details of the route through Tennessee and Virginia. Dr. Fleenor is the historian for the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Assoc.
Randell Jones is a historian, author and speaker. He has written several books on the history of America’s pioneers including “In The Footsteps of Daniel Boone”. His research on the places associated with Boone have helped me see better the world in which Joshua Penix lived.
MR. NEAL O. HAMMON
Mr. Hammon is a historian, author and long time member and contributor to the Filson Historical Society. His research in the late 60s and early 70s preserved for us the route of Boone Trace which may have otherwise been lost in the dilution of time. I had the great privilege of spending time with Mr. Hammon in his home as part of my research and was able to glean details regarding the maps from the mapmaker himself. Neal O. Hammon continues to work with the Boone Society, Friends of Boone Trace and others to assure this great history is passed on.