Mary Draper Ingles, Survivor of the Wilderness, 1755

Presented by Caroline McIntyre.

Talk about a hiking challenge! How about a 500 mile wilderness trek, without food, fire, or weapons, in early winter and while wearing a summer dress? Captured by a Shawnee war party in the French and Indian War and taken more than 450 miles from her home to what is now Cincinnati, Mary Ingles escaped through an untamed wilderness with the Ohio River as her only guide. Returning home skeletal and almost naked, she recovers to bear four more children and live to a robust 83 – an ordinary woman of extraordinary courage. The program is told Chautauqua-style.

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