During the four years of the Civil War, the border between eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia was highly contested territory, alternately occupied by both the Confederacy and the Union. In Contested Borderland, Brian McKnight examines the features of the region's geography and the influence of the attacks on borderlands caught in the crossfire of opposing forces. He reveals how the dual occupation of the Union and Confederate armies divided the borderland population, creating hostilities within the region that would persist long after the war's conclusion.
Robert Flippen, Education Specialist for High Bridge Trail State Park, will discuss the original High Bridge, why it came into being at its current location, early construction, The South Side Rail Road, and the role of the bridge in the closing days of the War. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm and the lecture will begin at 7:00 pm. Reservations are required. Contact Josie Butler at (855) 649-1861 x 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register. Cost: Free for Museum members, $5.00 for non-members.