Ford to sign latest book at library
The Boonesborough Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution will host the introduction of an action-packed historical fiction
novel on the development of Fort Boonesborough through Madison County.
"The Incident at Otter Creek" may be purchased and signed by author Ed
Ford on Monday, Oct. 23, from 5-8 p.m. at the Madison County Public
Library in Richmond. The book is priced at $24.95 with proceeds used for
the support of the Boonesborough DAR chapter.
The novel tells the story of the Daniel Boone era beginning with a trek by
a young physician from Richmond’s Otter Creek to the Kentucky River
Dr. Wyatt Henderson, a young medical physician and a student of
Kentucky history, is thrust suddenly into a new and different world of the
past. It’s the year 2020 when Henderson is caught in a rainstorm and
inadvertently drives into the flooded waters of Otter Creek, a waterway that
leads to the pioneer territory of Fort Boonesborough.
His automobile is carried away by the turbulence, crashes into a grove of
trees and Henderson is thrown against the windshield and suffers a bloody
concussion. The water is rising inside the vehicle as he lapses into
He awakens inside a crude hut and is cared for by a beautiful young
woman and her father. Baffled by his strange surroundings, he soon learns
that he is now in another world – the 1770s.
As he recovers, Henderson finds he must adapt to a time that he has only
studied about – the period of frontiersman Daniel Boone, the continuing
struggle against the Shawnee Indians and America’s battle for independence.
Henderson and his Otter Creek benefactors and rescuers – Ally and Joel
Walker – travel along Boone Trace as they make their way to
The young doctor discovers he’s living a dream as he meets the Kentucky
pioneers he’s only known through books and research. And, to top it off, he
attends the court martial of his friend Boone, the historical legend who wins
his case against a charge of treason. And, he finds himself in love with Ally
Walker, the strong and independent woman who struggles with his
conception of being from another world. She wants a commitment, but
Henderson is not certain if his future is in the 18 th century or in the 21st.
In a surprise conclusion, Henderson and Ally Walker are thrust back into
the 21st century and a youngster discovers a remnant that somewhat explains
the mysteries of time travel.
The Incident At Otter Creek stems from an actual event during the
development of Hampton Ridge Subdivision in Richmond, Kentucky. Two
pioneer graves were uncovered that delayed construction of homes in an area
above Otter Creek. It was determined that the graves most likely were those
of migrants who were enroute to Fort Boonesborough.
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