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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Kentucky "Journey Cake" #history #genealogy #kentuckypioneers

the "journey cake"
When the bands of hardy pioneers pushed into the wilderness and prepared a way into Kentucky they brought with them the trusty rifle, the ax, the[38] tomahawk, and the "long knife" for protecting themselves from the wily savages and securing food from the game that roamed the woods. When their families came, a few more articles were included; but their outfits were necessarily meager. When they stopped to prepare their food, a flat stone was used for cooking the "journey cake," while bark served for dishes. When the destination was reached, a log cabin of rough unhewn timbers was built, containing a long pen of split logs placed in a row, which, filled with fresh boughs, was a welcome resting place for those who were wearied from traveling. Later the feathers of wild pigeons, ducks, and geese were made into feather beds. Usually several people settled at the same place and built a fort of cabins, stockades, and blockhouses, arranged in a hollow square. The blockhouses were two stories high, the upper story projecting over the lower one for eighteen or more inches. The places of entrance to the fort were closed by large folding gates of thick slabs, and the entire outer wall made bullet proof, all without a single nail or piece of iron. Some of the cabins had puncheon floors while others had only the bare earth.
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