Stone's Trace Historical Society
Stone's Tavern & Stone's Trace Regulators

 For the 2017 Pioneer Festival, we had Daniel Boone!

Steven Caudill, direct line descendant of Daniel Boone, presented his on-stage program, both days during the 2017 Pioneer Festival. Steven grew up just 4 miles from the original site of Fort Boonesborough, KY, and became a Boone re-enactor after learning his family history and the historical significance of one of Kentucky's most endearing pioneers.
His presentation is an educational look into the life and legend of one of America's first heroes.

2018 Stone's Trace Pioneer Festival
Stone's Trace Regulators Fall Rendezvous

September 8th and 9th, 2018 
Saturday 9a to 5p EST & Sunday 10a to 4p EST

Northern Indiana Pioneer Rendezvous Festival Fun!


Fun for all ages! Come and enjoy continuous family entertainment and historical reenactment of early American life in a rural, small town Indiana atmosphere of friendly folks. Non-stop perfomances on stage daily are included in admission. Including CLOGGING, DULCIMER, BANJO & FIDDLE PLAYING, FOLK SINGING and other stage attractions of the pre-1870's. More entertainment at the Matchbox Puppet Theater. You are invited to participate too, wearing clothing typical of early America ranging in time from pre-history to 1870.

  • Barter or buy from the blanket traders in the rendezvous reenactment camp.
  • Watch the Stone's Trace Regulators demonstrate "black powder" muzzleloader shooting skills, primitive archery, and the Mountain Man Aggregate (a primitive skills rendezvous event including expertise with black powder and flintlock shooting skills, flint and steel fire starting, and tomahawk and knife throwing competition).
  • Wander through the Civil War encampments. Learn how the soldiers lived. Check out the Military Field Hospital.
    Watch as the soldiers load and fire the cannon.
  • 1812 and Indian Re-enactors
    Visit the Village Blacksmith Shop to witness the tools and techniques of forging iron.
  • Young guests have the opportunity to participate in youth-oriented, pioneer games and learning activities, including face painting.
  • Watch the "Punch & Judy" Puppet Show.
  • Stop and talk to Johnny Appleseed who will be strolling through the festival area telling stories and passing out "purty stones".
  • Listen to stories of long ago told by West Noble High School's Theater 33 Drama students.
  • Listen to Mark Gropp play the bagpipes and march with him to the flag raising and lowering at the opening and close of each day.
  • Shop at the pioneer craft booths. Wares on sale are hand-made and are of the pre-1870 era.

There are plenty of food and drink vendors. There is some bench seating available in front of the open air stage, but, if you have them, it's a good idea to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while enjoying the continuous entertainment. FREE parking is at West Noble Schools across Highway 33 with FREE shuttle bus transportation to and from the festival.
Admission $5 per person.      Children age 12 and under - FREE.      Yes, the grounds and facilities are handicap accessible.      NO PETS.


Food Booths
  • Ham and Beans w/ Corn Bread
  • Apple Fritters
  • Pork Rinds
  • Onion Rings, Scones & Coffee
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Apple Butter & Honey
  • Indian Fry Bread
  • Pork Burgers
  • Pie
  • Ice Cream
  • Root Beer
  • Lemonade/Sassafras Tea
  • Chocolate Candy
Children's Activities
  • Pony Wagon Rides
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Pioneer Games
  • Face Painting
  • Corn Husk Dolls
  • Puppet Show
    Hands-on activities
  • Brick Oven Baking
  • Chair Caning
  • Basket Making
  • Wood Carving
  • Leather Tooling
    Duck Decoys
  • Candle Dipping
  • Blacksmithing
  • Broom Making
    Grapevine Weaving
    Cane Carving
    Pewter Casting
    Maple Syrup


  • Penny Rugs
    Stained Glass
  • Folk Toys
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Quilting
  • Straw Weaving
  • Pottery
  • Herbs
  • Rug Hooking
  • Rug Weaving
  • Bee Keeping
  • Muzzle Loading Shooting Skills
  • Women's Skillet Throw
    Daniel Boone & Native American Camp
  • Tomahawk & Knife Throwing Competition
  • Blacksmith
  • Frontier Living


Thank you !!! ... to our Community Donors:

Dekko Foundation

Tire Star

Airgood Electric

Community State Bank

Jennie Thompson Foundation

Truelove Brothers

Foster's Sales & Service

Burnworth Zollars, Inc

Ligonier Telephone Company/LigTel

Campbell & Fetter Bank

Fashion Farm / Countryscapes & Gardens

Metzger Dairy, Inc.

John's Realty

ACE Hardware

Boyd Machine & Repair


Stump's Restoration & Collision

Fisher Insurance/Able Realty

Dr. Kenneth Cripe, DC

Freedom Wire Inc, Freedom Acres

Wigent & Newman Law Office


Avalon Village

Ron's Towing & Hauling

B. Lash Home Improvement

Star Of The West


Friends and associates:

Noble County, IN Convention and Visitors Bureau

Ligonier Chamber of Commerce

Future Ligonier Alliance

City Of Ligonier Indiana

Old Jail Museum (Noble County
Historical Society)

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historical Site

Stone's Trace Regulators

Rendezvous Ohio

(Reenactor information and print publication)