Historic Lone Jack hosts picnic to Save the Cave (Hotel)

Lone Jack Historical Society News Release

Information verification: www.historiclonejack.org
Alinda Miller, president, (816) 805.1815 PO Box 34
Press Release sent by: Lone Jack, MO 64070
Linda Barta, secretary, 816.805.4252 www.lonejackbattle150.org

What: Cave Hotel Picnic Tea fundraiser
Where: Cave Hotel, Highway 50, ½ block south of Lone Jack exit (300 S. Bynum Rd.)
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Picnic Tea to Save the Cave Highlights Women’s Perspective of Civil War


The Lone Jack Historical Society is holding a Picnic Tea on the lawn of the Cave Hotel. The event will feature a 19th century style menu on Saturday, May 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Money raised will go toward retiring the purchase loan. 

Our exciting program features Peggy Buhr, director of the Bates County Museum, presenting first person accounts of three “Women of the Burnt District.” Civil War programs seem to revolve around men and battles, but what of the women and how they endured the war? Hear the story as told from the perspective of three women who lived through the horrors of the Burnt District. Alinda Miller, president of the historical society, will discuss what is known of the history of the hotel and the Bartlett Cave family. Cost is $25 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Please call 816.805.1815 or email president@historiclonejack.org to reserve your seat. Reservation deadline is Saturday, May 12.

In August 1862, Bartlett Cave and his wife Lucinda owned and managed the Cave Hotel overlooking the new town square in the bustling village of Lone Jack. Other businesses located around the square included a blacksmith shop, a livery stable and the home and office of Dr. Caleb Winfrey. One hundred fifty years later only one building from that time remains, “The Cave.”

Arriving in town late in the evening of August 15 after riding all day from the Union garrison in Lexington, Major Emory Foster commandeered the hotel as Union headquarters. He placed two 6-pound canons near the road in front of the hotel. These canons became the prize in the battle action. A wife and mother tending to her baby, Lucinda was “shot in the left breast.” Lingering for five weeks with infection, she was the only civilian casualty of the battle.

Please join us for a Picnic Tea on the hotel lawn and help Save the Cave as we listen to women tell of the Civil War in the border counties from their perspective.


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