Jeptha Day 2017

Posted on July 11, 2017

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Here at Jeptha Creed, we appreciate the history and the heritage of our home. That’s why we’ve created our own holiday to celebrate; on July 11 we will celebrate Jeptha Day. What is Jeptha Day? It’s a day to remember some of the details of our history that have been lost or forgotten. Why did we pick July 11 for Jeptha Day? The eleventh is for the eleventh chapter of Judges. Judges is the seventh book of the bible. July is the seventh month of the year. When we decided to create our own holiday, no other date but July 11 would do for Jeptha Day.

We took inspiration for our name from Jeptha Knob. Part of the reason we fell in love with the name was the history we learned about the area. Before Shelby County existed, before Kentucky was a state, Squire Boone and his brother Daniel Boone were exploring the area. They were drawn to the knob for hunting. Up at the top, they found a salt lick, a perfect spot to hunt deer and buffalo. They left a survey stone with their initials to mark their progress. Squire Boone choose to name the mountain they were hunting on Jephthah Mountain after the biblical warrior in Judges eleven, but after years of misspellings the name became Jeptha Knob. Not long after their discovery of Jeptha Knob, Squire Boone founded Painted Stone. If it wasn’t for a few manuscripts, we wouldn’t have known this piece of history. That’s why it is so important to save the documents we can, so that future generations will not forget the history that made us who we are today.

While the Knob has always towered above the Nethery farm, many in Shelby County do not realized the significance of them. Most see the Knob as the hills with cellphone towers at the top. What is not commonly known, is that Jeptha Knob is located almost perfectly halfway between Louisville and Lexington and is the highest point in the Bluegrass region. If you go to the base near Clay Village and read the Kentucky Historical Marker, you’ll see that scientist thought the Knob was a cryptovolcanic structure, but today many believe it to actually be the site of an asteroid impact due to the content of Iridium in the soil.


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