History of The Long Run Massacre

Squire Boone, brother to the famous pioneer Daniel Boone, first came to present day Shelby County in 1775. He writes, " In the spring of the year 1776, I came again to the same place and took a stone out of the creek and with a mill pick, picked my name in full and the date of the year thereon, and I painted the letter and figures all red from which this tract of land took the name of Painted Stone Station."


It was mid April in 1780 when Squire Boone and Evan Hinton along with 13 families and several single men came to the area. They built a large station with cabins on an acre of land.

One morning in April of 1781, Indians attacked three young men clearing ground outside the station. Other men coming to their aid were also killed. Squire Boone himself was wounded. More and more Indian raids were reported and by the fall the decision had been made to abandon the station.


On the morning of September 13, 1781 the militia came to help evacuate the station. The Indian attack during the move became known as the Long Run Massacre. On the following day 27 men under Col. John Floyd of the Jefferson County militia rode out to bury the dead. The ambush that followed became known as Floyd’s Defeat. Of the 27 men that rode out from Linn’s Station that morning, only 10 returned. Seventeen were either killed or captured.

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