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(MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – October 29, 2008) Do you have family that lived in Edmonson, Barren, and Hart counties on land that became Mammoth Cave National Park, or have an interest in the area's history? If your answer is yes, make plans to come to Roots in the Cave at Mammoth Cave Hotel, November 7-9, 2008.
“This genealogy weekend honors the 500 families whose land was bought to eventually make a national park,” said Greg Davis, manager of Mammoth Cave Hotel, the sponsor of the event. “The three churches, 70 cemeteries and overgrown homesites remain as reminders of the people who lived here. This weekend offers the opportunity for descendants to share family information and learn more about their heritage through surface walks, cave trips, and the comraderie of people who share their interest.”
From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon the hotel's Rotunda Room is the center for sharing family trees and, perhaps, adding a whole new branch or meeting a distant relative. Beginning researchers are always welcome and long-time genealogists will be on hand to share their experiences.
Activities will include:
· cave trips to Star Chamber and Crystal Cave,
· surface walks to Davis-Slemmons cemetery and an old farmsite where Kentucky's largest eastern white pine grows,
· an appearance by Roger Brucker, noted author of books on local history and geology,
· showing of the Floyd Collins movie, and
· a craft project.
Accommodations are available at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, 270-758-2225, or online at www.mammothcavehotel.com.
For complete information on Roots in the Cave, call Mary Anne Davis at 270-773-5099.
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