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Tobacco War Pilgrimage Set for September 24th

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County announces the 5th Annual Tobacco War Pilgrimage  to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This day-long series of events commemorates a period of agricultural crisis, economic boycott, and vigilante rebellion that affected every aspect of life in the region.

The headline event will be the Night Rider Tobacco Raid Re-enactment on Saturday night at 7:00pm. In its 33rd year, this hayride traces the route that Night Riders took when they invaded Hopkinsville to burn tobacco warehouses on December 7, 1907. This year, we are presenting an extended version of the hayride. Ever wonder what happened to the men who were accused of leading the raid? Meet their alleged leader and find out his fate at the conclusion of the hayride.

Other events throughout the day include an open Paint Party at Griffin’s Studio, a Books of the Black Patch discussion at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, and the Old Time Street Fair sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. In addition, Price Hollowell, a Kentucky Chautauqua living history performer, will present to three local schools on Friday, September 23. (See below for complete schedule with prices.)

Tickets for the Night Rider Tobacco Raid Re-enactment can be purchased at the Pennyroyal Area Museum, 217 E. 9th Street in Hopkinsville, or online at

For more information, please visit our website or contact us at (270) 887-4270.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Open Paint Party, Griffin’s Studio

  • Drop by the studio and paint your own rural masterpiece.
  • Painting materials and pre-sketched canvases will be provided.
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Cost: $10 per painter

Books of the Black Patch, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

  • Meet the authors of two novels that explore this dynamic era in our history.
  • Titles include Death in the Black Patch by Bruce Wilson and Nick and Viola by Laura Muntz Derr; books will be available for purchase.
  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Cost: FREE

Old Time Street Fair, Liberty Street between the Pennyroyal Area Museum and First Presbyterian Church

  • Old-fashioned games, live music, and food provide wholesome fun for the whole family!
  • Free popcorn. Other food available for purchase.
  • Times: 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Cost: FREE, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church

Night Rider Tobacco Raid Re-enactment, Pennyroyal Area Museum

  • This hayride re-enacts the night of December 7, 1907 when an army of Night Riders attacked and burned tobacco warehouses in downtown Hopkinsville.
  • Meet Dr. David Amoss, alleged leader of the raid, at the end of the hayride and hear his testimony of the night’s events.
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for Museum Members; $8 for children ages 8 and under

Also on Friday, September 23

Price Hollowell, Kentucky Chautauqua living history performer, Area Schools

  • The son of an avid opponent of the Association and the Night Riders, Price Hollowell experienced the violence of the Tobacco War first-hand. This presentation offers a different perspective of the Night Rider conflict.
  • Kentucky Chautauqua performers travel throughout the state delivering to community organizations their historically accurate dramatizations of Kentuckians who made a difference.
  • Performances at three local schools on Friday, September 23. No public performance.

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is located at 217 East 9th Street in downtown Hopkinsville and includes the Pennyroyal Area Museum and the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum. General admission to the Museum is $2 with special rates for seniors and children; there is no admission fee for the Museum Shop. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-3pm.