Upcoming play tells story of Daniel Boone’s wife


Rebecca Boone, a strong mountain mother and adventurer, often gets overshadowed in the history books by her larger-than-life husband, Daniel Boone.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, her life will take center stage at White Horse Black Mountain, in the one-act play “Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone.”

The play, written by local author Kiesa Kay, features the old-time fiddling of Bruce Greene, a descendant of the Boone family. He chose the tunes for the play to suit the times.

“Bruce Greene has spent his life collecting rare tunes from these mountains, and it is thrilling to hear the music played by him, the way it would have been played back in Rebecca Boone’s day,” Kay said. “The play’s designed to be a kind of duet between the actor and the fiddler.”

Rebecca Boone gave birth to 10 children and also raised six born to other mothers. And she moved more than 20 times, opening up the Cumberland Gap with her husband. Kay researched the play, traveling from the Yadkin Valley to Defiance, Missouri, in her quest for authenticity.

Kay met Barb McEwen, who portrays Rebecca Boone, at the Cheshire Fitness Club in Black Mountain. They quickly chose Black Mountain’s own Kay Wise-Denty as the director for the play.

Janice Schilling will do props and set design, with Abby Auman on lighting.

“We have a great team, and it’s going to be a really fun afternoon,” Kay said.

For advance tickets, contact White Horse Black Mountain at 669-0816 or visit whitehorseblackmountain.com.