Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Letter: More on the Daniel Boone Tree

Boone portrayer and scholar Scott New thought the carving authentic

By Richard Phelps

On the subject of the Daniel Boone Tree at the Trabue Russelll House.

Chris Bennett's question regarding the tree. In the glass case is a newspaper article from about 1960 Adair Co. News. The farm where the tree was found was then owned by Richard Dohoney on Hwy 704 about 2 miles out 704; the farm was later owned by Estel Ballou in the later 60's: and is now owned by John Ballou.

The Dohoney's and Estel Ballou cleared the woods over a period of many years. Today all of the hills are cleared and are in the CREP Program. My daughter Elizabeth Ballou, her husband Ben and my grandchildren live on the farm today.

I plan to have John show me sometime in the fields the approximate area of the finding of the tree. John Ballou has a vivid memory of the history of the tree.

Several years a Daniel Boone historian and historical portrayer of Boone named Scott New was at Lindsey Wilson for a performance of Daniel Boone.

After his great performance I told Scott about the tree carving. The next morning I took him to the Trabue Russell House and showed it to him.

He has studied Daniel Boone intensely for many years and has seen many documents and other tree carvings across several states. Scott thought it was for real as well. --Richard Phelps Comments re photo 69543 The text on the carving displayed at the Trabue House

This story was posted on 2016-11-13 19:40:43
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

(AD) - Many Reunion organizing efforts are also advertised in our REUNIONS category in our CM Classifeds. These are posted at a very low cost. See RATES & TERMS

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.