Ft. Daniel Conservation Area takes its name from the legacy of Reverend Daniel Traughber. Between 1838 and 1861 Rev. Traughber became one of the most influential and beloved men in Macon County. He was the founder of many schools and churches throughout Macon County and served as the area preacher.

During the Civil War, Ft. Daniel harbored southern sympathizers which some suspect were led by Rev. Traughber. The group rode out by night to strike terror in the hearts of area Unionist farmers.

Whistleville, as the area is called, has traditionally been a mystery to the residents of Macon County. The first families migrated out of the forested mountains of Kentucky to settle amidst the beautiful oak and hickory trees from the Big Creek drainage. For more than a hundred years, this quaint self-sufficient community was to remain as a backwoods settlement.

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