Hazel Patch

Historical Marker #53 in Laurel County commemorates the famous "fork in the road."

Here in 1775, Daniel Boone and his party of trailblazers diverged from the more primitive hunting trail, known as Skagg's Trace, and continued on to mark Boone Trace. At this location Skagg's Trace turned westward toward Crab Orchard. Boone and his party, however, proceeded northward to Boonesborough where a fort was established.

Shortly after Boone passed through Hazel Patch, John Floyd and Benjamin Logan diverted westward along Skagg's Trace to St. Asaph (modern-day Stanford) where Fort Logan was constructed. This trail ultimately extended to Louisville, which was then known as "The Falls of the Ohio." Eventually, that route saw wider use than Boone Trace. It became officially known as the Wilderness Road in 1796.

Hazel Patch earned its name because the hazel nut tree abounded in the area and produced a fruit on which small animals fed. Because it attracted plentiful game, the site became a favorite for long hunters passing through the area. Also, when the fruit was ripe, a hunter could easily fill a bag with the nuts and carry them on the hunt for nourishment.

In close proximity to the Hazel Patch marker are two other markers that pertain to Boone Trace. One is about one mile north of the marker on Highway 490 in front of the Mount Carmel church. On a monument placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1915, this marker is one of fifteen DAR markers along Boone Trace. Behind the church is a small remnant of the historic Boone Trace.

The other marker is a 1942 stone marker placed by the Laurel County Historical Society, which is one of eight commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Kentucky in 1792. This stone maker was placed at the site of Wood's Blockhouse, one of the oldest permanent buildings in the wilderness and a refuge for travelers along Boone Trace. Bishop Frances Asbury, a renowned traveling minister, reportedly lodged there on April 10, 1793. It is located on private property and can only be viewed at somewhat of a distance across Hazel Patch Creek from Merritt Cemetery Road.

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Wood's Blockhouse

Wood's Blockhouse

The Wood's Blockhouse marker sits on a knoll located along Hazel Patch Creek (in the tree line) on Boone Trace. Daniel Boone approached the creek from the south (right in the photo) and continued north to Boonesborough. John Floyd and Benjamin Logan shortly after Boone followed the creek which bends to the west (left in the photo) around the hill along Skagg's Trace toward Crab Orchard, Standford (St. Asaph's) and ultimately Louisville (The Falls of the Ohio). That path evolved into what became known as the Wilderness Road. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

"D Boon"

"D Boon"

This photograph shows the stone atop the DAR 1915 Boone Trace marker in front of Mount Carmel Church. The etching reads “D Boon.” Was this the work of Daniel Boone, or a later carverz Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

Woods Block House

Woods Block House

A small stone marker indicating the location of Woods Blockhouse in Laurel County was placed in 1942 near Hazel Patch Creek and along Boone Trace. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

Hazel Patch

Hazel Patch

This monument is located about two miles north of the Hazel Patch marker on Highway 490 in front of Mount Carmel Church. It was placed along Boone Trace by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1915, along with 13 others in the state. On top of the monument is a stone which was found on a nearby farm etched with the letters "D Boon." It raises the question of whether or not Daniel Boone himself made the etching. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

Mount Holly Road D.A.R. Marker

Mount Holly Road D.A.R. Marker

The Kentucky D.A.R. placed a marker for "Daniel Boone™s Trail" near Livingston on the farm owned by a member of the John Marshall Chapter in Louisville. The marker was attached to a gate pedestal along Mount Holly Road. It was in this area that the exact route of Boone Trace was uncertain in 1915. The D.A.R. marked a commemorative route into Mount Vernon and then recovered Boone Trace farther north. Courtesy of Randell Jones, www.danielboonefootsteps.com View File Details Page

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Friends of Boone Trace, Inc., “Hazel Patch,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed July 27, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/411.

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