Squire Boone

About Squire Boone

Squire Boone is one of the most prominent pioneers in the annals of Kentucky and Indiana history. He gained fame as an explorer, hunter, gunsmith, statesman, and minister. He helped clear the Wilderness Road and, in his later years, was honored by Congress for his service during the Revolutionary War. Mr. Boone fought in many hand-to-hand battles, including the Battle of Fort Boonesboro. Eleven times he was wounded, taking him close to death on several occasions.

It was Squire Boone and his brother, Daniel, who discovered these caverns in 1790. Squire later escaped a band of hostile Indians by hiding in the caverns. From that day on, he considered the beautiful hills and valleys surrounding the caverns to be holy ground. He eventually settled here with his wife, four sons and their families.

Onto one of the foundation stones of his mill, he carved this inscription: “My God my life hath much befriended, I’ll praise Him till my days are ended.” Upon his death in 1815, Squire Boone was laid to rest within his beloved cave, as he had requested.

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Squire Boone Memorial Headstone

Sometime in 2004, the government-supplied headstone that marks Squire Boone’s grave became cracked. Because it was made of marble, a fairly soft stone, it could not stand up to the elements within the cave. The staff at Squire Boone Village repaired it the best they could, but the break was still visible.

In 2011, Bill Scott, of Scott Funeral Homes in southern Indiana, visited the caverns and noticed the damage. He felt Mr. Boone should have a gravestone befitting his status as a war hero and an important figure in our nation’s history. Drawing on his experience in the funeral business, Mr. Scott took it upon himself to arrange for a replacement headstone. After extensive research, which included many dead-ends, his perseverance was finally rewarded when the Veterans Administration provided a new, more durable stone made of granite. The headstone was installed in April 2012, followed by a public memorial service on June 9. Our thanks to Bill Scott for his kindness and generosity.

Old and New Headstones, Side-by-Side