Living Archaeology Weekend is held at the Gladie Visitor Center in the beautiful Red River Gorge of Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. Located on the picturesque banks of Gladie Creek and Red River, and surrounded by towering rock outcrops, the Center is a fitting backdrop for Living Archaeology Weekend.
The demonstrations are held in two locations on the rolling acreage of the Center. The native technology and lifeways demonstrations are set-up along the creek floodplain, and the pioneer technology and lifeways demonstrations are located around Gladie Cabin. The cabin, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, formerly served as a hotel, a post office, and a home before being moved to the Gladie Visitor Center. Visitors are invited to tour the Gladie Cabin and the displays in the Gladie Visitor Center during LAW.
Living Archaeology Weekend demonstrations and activities are held outdoors. The venue is handicapped accessible; visitors in wheelchairs should be aware that the main demonstration areas are not paved, but the areas are navigable as long as the ground is not saturated. Visitors are welcome to bring strollers.
Free parking is available on-site in a paved parking lot and on a grass lawn. First-aid is provided by a local ambulance service, and law enforcement is provided by US Forest Service law enforcement officers. Portable toilets are available on-site during Living Archaeology Weekend. Bottled water is sold at the event, and the Ladies Auxiliary, Post 67 in Clay City provides food options.
The Gladie Visitor Center is an active hub of public education and outreach in the Gorge. On Saturday Living Archaeology Weekend visitors are welcome to tour the exhibits at the facility.
The mailing address for the Gladie Center is 3451 Sky Bridge Road, Highway 715, Stanton, KY 40380. Though the mailing address is Stanton (Exit 22), the Center actually is near the small communities of Slade, Nada, and Pine Ridge (Exit 33). The Center's phone number is (606) 663-8100. Cell phone service is spotty in the Gorge, and visitors may not have service in some places like Gladie. In case of severe weather, visitors should call the Center for cancellation information. However, unless there is major flooding or lightning, the event will take place at Gladie even if it rains as we have spaces to move most of the activities undercover.