The stories of their little pioneer log forts are as epic as the Nibelungen Lied.
In the early 1840s, a vigorous controversy broke out in Kentucky newspapers as to the date and location of the state's first settlement. Captain Nathaniel Hart Jr., writing in the Louisville News-Letter, claimed this honor for Boonesborough, citing letters and papers he had inherited from his father, "an active member" of Richard Henderson's Transylvania Company. After laying out his evidence for Boonesborough's precedence, Hart concluded that "from the most thorough investigation of all the sources of information to which I have had access, as well as from the tradition of the country with which I have been familiar for the last sixty years, the conviction upon my mind is irresistible, that Boonesborough was the first place in Kentucky occupied by the white man, in 1775, with the view of permanent settlement." If Harrodsburg or any other place claimed priority, e would "be pleased to see the evidence to support such claims." 1
General Robert B. McAfee rose to the defense of Harrodsburg. After "a laborious investigation" of published histories, family journals,