Official Schedule


Ticket Sales for All Paid Events Are Ongoing Until September 20th.

Thursday, September 21

3:00–5:00pm • Welcome and Arrivals

Registrations and a McDowell Welcome to Danville, KY!

Holiday Inn Express, Danville, KY

5:30–7:30pmOpening Ceremony

Ticketed Event

Opening Ceremony and Dinner
Warrenwood Manor, built in 1856 and one of only three Gothic Villas in the Danville area,
will be the venue for dinner and the official opening of the weekend’s events.

The evening will include live
Bluegrass music, “My Old Kentucky Home” and featured guest speaker, Danville Mayor Michael Perros.

(Menu: Old Fashioned Chili Dinner, with Tea, Lemonade and Sweets)

Friday, September 22

9:30–11:00am • Historic Tours

Free Event

Constitution Square, in the heart of downtown Danville, is where the Commonwealth of Kentucky was birthed.
Jennifer Kirchner, Director of the Danville/Boyle County CVB, will give a history of Constitution Square.
Following will be tours of the historic buildings and Grayson’s Tavern, home to the Danville Political Club.

Kentucky’s original 1792 Constitution and the Constitutional Convention Minutes will return to Danville and Constitution Square, most likely for the first time since its inception,  for a private viewing by the McDowell family descendants. After the private viewing, it will be opened to the public for their enjoyment.
The historic walking tour of Constitution Square will be done by Dr. James C. Klotter. Dr. Klotter is the State Historian of Kentucky and Professor of History at Georgetown College. Dr. Klotter will be discussing the early days of Kentucky as our group walk the grounds of the “Cradle of the Commonwealth.”

11:00–12:30pm • Lunch on your own in Downtown Danville

12:30–5:00pm • Lectures: The Life and Times of Samuel McDowell

Free Event

with a special presentation on the McDowell Surname DNA Project

Danville/Boyle County Public Library, Heart of Danville Room

(Most lectures will be 30-45 minutes, with 10 minute breaks in between; drinks and snacks provided)

Samuel McDowell: The Spanish Conspiracy and Kentucky Statehood

Tom V. Ellis – Danville, KY

Capt. John McDowell: Bloody Day at Galudoghson

Robert Gang – Syracuse, NY

Old Ephraim McDowell: from Ulster to Virginia

Susie Williams – Saratoga Springs, NY

Samuel McDowell: Before Kentucky

Timothy McDowell – Denver, CO

A Day in the Life of a Colonial McDowell

Marie Ausdenmoore – Cincinnati, OH

The McDowell Surname DNA Project

Charlotte Baker McDowell – Mt. Juliet, TN

6:30–9:30pm • An Evening on the Farm in the Kentucky Bluegrass

Ticketed Event

Located just outside of historic Stanford, KY, the Shelby Manor at Arcadia Farm will be the backdrop
for a beautiful evening of dinner on the grounds and tours of the Shelby Manor, built in 1835.

There will be live musical entertainment and a featured presentation by:
Tom V. Ellis – Danville, KY, in the role and period attire of “Samuel McDowell.”

Judge/Executive Harold McKinney, of the Boyle County Fiscal Court, will be the featured guest speaker.
Jacob Pankey, Chairperson of the Boyle Landmark Trust, will be speaking and sharing a video presentation on “Pleasant Vale,” the c.1784 home of Judge Samuel and Mary McDowell.

(Menu: Fresh Garden Salad, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Tea, Lemonade)
(Dress: Business Attire)

Saturday, September 23

9:30–10:30 am • Memorial Service and Headstone Dedication

Free Event

In the beautiful Bellevue Cemetery, a time of memorial, remembrance and dedication
will be observed at the graves of Samuel and Mary McDowell. Participants will include McDowell descendants,
the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion, and many more.

Bagpiper, Nathan Mann, of Lexington, KY, has just been added to the schedule and will play during the Memorial Service and Gravestone Dedication.

11:30–1:00pm • Lunch Along the River

Ticketed Event

In the autumn of 1862, the region was gripped in the worst drought in memory.
The Confederates had located and were guarding a series of springs and puddles in the Chaplin River.
This is one factor that would lead to engagement and battle at Perryville.
Situated along the banks of the Chaplin River today is the
lush and beautiful Baril Park,
and it will be the setting for lunch and featured speaker Vicki Goode, Executive Director of Main Street Perryville.

(Menu: Assorted Sandwich boxes with Deviled Eggs, Greek Pasta Salad, Cookie, Tea, Lemonade, and Bottled Water)

1:30–2:30pm • The Battle of Perryville and the McDowells Who Fought

Free Event

In a war that often pitted “brother against brother,” on October 8, 1862,
over 56 different McDowells were engaged in combat in the Battle of Perryville.

Chuck McDowell – Nashville, TN, has done extensive research on these McDowells,
and after a tour of the museum, will present:

The Battle of Perryville and the McDowells Who Fought

2:30–5:00pm • Perryville Battlefield Tour

Ticketed Event

Perryville was the largest Civil War battle fought in the State of Kentucky
and is considered the “high water mark” for the Confederacy in the western theater.

Option 1: Self-guided tour of the battlefield via personal transportation

Option 2: Guided, group tour of the battlefield via bus (additional fee of $20.00)

6:30–8:30pm • Garden Dinner Party at McDowell House

Ticketed Event

The McDowell House Museum, Apothecary & Gardens, will be host to a garden dinner party
and tours of the home of Dr. Ephraim McDowell, the sixth son of Samuel and Mary McDowell.

Susie Williams – Saratoga Springs, NY, will recount the details
of his storied life and career, including his famous surgery on Christmas Day, 1809.

(Menu: Pulled Pork and Chicken BBQ with bun, Cowboy Beans, Potato Salad, Assorted Desserts, Tea, and Lemonade)

Sunday, September 24

8:30am • Worship at Samuel McDowell’s Church

Free Event

Originally named Concord Church, and organized in 1784, it was the church home
of Samuel and Mary McDowell. It is now known as The Presbyterian Church of Danville.

10:30am • Closing Ceremony

Ticketed Event

We will sing one [more] song, for our old Kentucky home. For the old Kentucky home, far away.”

Continental Breakfast

Holiday Inn Express Conference Room

(Menu: Assorted Pastries and Muffins, Fruit Bowl, Coffee and Juices)


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