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LETTERS / ‘Horn in the West’ Outdoor Drama is Credit to Southern Appalachian Historical Society and Boone

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, we attended this season’s final performance of “Horn in the West” outdoor drama. What a credit to the Southern Appalachian Historical Society and the City of Boone!

This historical drama is fabulous! It is mind-boggling to think that this is the 63rd consecutive season. It teaches our early American history in the mountains during the time of our nation’s birth. We want to thank the director, Teresa Lee, and salute the actors (mostly young college students) for their exciting and emotional presentations.

As we looked at the audience, we say many young people from toddlers to college age. What a fantastic way for them to learn the rich history of this area! For the rest of us, it was a sobering reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedom 250 years ago that are still being made today. When we understand our past, we can make better decisions for our future.

Sincere appreciation also goes out to the many volunteers who helped make the production possible and the interpreters (outfitted in accurate 18th century garb) as they conducted tours of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, including the historical cabins. This was a real bonus for the evening!

You may be thinking this was our first time to experience “Horn in the West” and the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, but the truth is, we have attended the show many times since 1987, and at least ten times with our grandchildren at their request! We look forward to attending this production again next year and bringing all our family and friends.


Earl and Gwen Williams
Ormond Beach, Fla.