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Historical play at Chapel Of Rest celebrates Daniel Boone’s wife

LENOIR, NC (May 18, 2019) — Rebecca Boone met and married her famous husband, Daniel Boone, in the Yadkin Valley, and a play coming to Lenoir will celebrate her experience of Boone family life.

Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone at 4 pm Sunday, June 9, will happen at the Chapel of Rest in Lenoir.

“This play puts Rebecca Boone center stage, out of the shadows of her larger than life husband,” said Kiesa Kay, playwright.

Love Makes a Home tells the Boone family story from the point of view of Rebecca, wife of Daniel Boone, explorer, pathfinder, and soldier, who blazed the Wilderness Trail. His wife moved with him more than twenty times. She gave birth to ten children and raised six others besides and worked right alongside him. Rebecca, played by Terra Currie of Burnsville, had strong faith in God, and she never stopped loving her adventurous husband. Like Rebecca Boone, Currie has joined her husband in building her house herself, and she doesn’t shirk from hard work. She lived for a few years at Turtle Island Preserve in Boone, NC, and she started Theater on Cedar in North Georgia.

“Terra really embodies the pioneer spirit of Rebecca Boone,” Kay said.

The play features fiddle tunes of the times as played by William Ritter, program director for the Patterson School Foundation. When Ritter first got interested in old time music, he didn’t have a fiddle, so he made one of his own. He plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo, and now he’s listed on the Blue Ridge Heritage Artist Directory.

“Music makes the play more fun, and William plays the tunes in a way that’s true to the times,” Kay said. “We’re thrilled to bring the play to the Chapel of Rest. The acoustics there are so beautiful.”

The play has been shown in fifteen venues across three states, including Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Berea College in Kentucky.  June 9 marks the first time it’s been shown in the Yadkin Valley.

“Daniel Boone’s wife always yearned to return home to the Yadkin Valley, and it’s a pleasure to bring this play home,” Kay said.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.rebecca.brownpapertickets.com.