Nov 1, 2008–Frontiersman Simon Kenton, a.k.a. Mel Hankla of Jamestown, Ky., will recount his life in Virginia and frontier Kentucky with Daniel Boone. He will also display and discuss a signed Conrad Humble long rifle. Gun maker Conrad Humble lived in Rockingham County from the 1750s until about 1782 when he moved to Bourbon County, Ky., where his brother Michael Humble was already established as the one of the first gun makers in Kentucky. A member of the gun-making Custer family, Conrad has many descendants who still live in Rockingham County.
A pre-program supper featuring Turner sugar-cured country ham, green beans, homemade ice cream, and Snickerdoodle cookies, will begin at 5:30. Tickets cost $20 for supper and the program or $10 for the program alone. Seating is limited to 75, so purchase tickets early through the Historical Society at (540) 879-2616. Proceeds benefit the operations of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Event begins at 7:00 pm at 382 High Street in Dayton.