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[Virtual] Evenings Upstairs: Cave-in-Rock Pirates and Outlaws

After the American Revolution, countless pioneers floated into the western frontier on the currents of the Ohio River. Inevitably, their journey brought them past CaveinRock, where the region’s outlaws waited in perfect and perpetual ambush. For almost half a century, notorious rogues such as the Alstons, the Harpes, the Sturdivants, Samuel Mason, James Ford, John Crenshaw, Logan Belt and Duff the Counterfeiter all operated out of the cave’s dark interior.

The central feature of the CaveinRock State Park is the pirate’s cave. From this “cavern of crime” counterfeiters, horse thieves, and river pirates preyed on unsuspecting settlers traveling the Ohio River and Ford’s Ferry Road throughout the 1800s. Local Historian, Todd Carr, will explore the folklore surrounding these outlaws of the 19th Century.
Todd Carr is a lifelong resident of Hardin County, Illinois, the backdrop of the folklore surrounding the Cave at CaveinRock. Carr is a member of the Hardin County Historical and Genealogical Society and has worked to use the historical and scenic wonders of the region to promote tourism in southern Illinois. Carr is the author of the recent CaveinRock Pirates and Outlaws from History Press.
Who knew nearby Southern Illinois had such an interesting past ?
Join Carr as he follows the folklore of the horse thieves, pirates and highwaymen clinging to the shadows of the legendary river bluff.

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November 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Online – Virtual Event