In 1782, the State of Kentucky did not exist. The land we now call a State was largely unexplored wilderness. The City of Lexington was a small settlement with less than 10 houses. Mount Sterling, Clay City, Winchester and Stanton were still a long way from coming into being. Most of the land was wooded with wide areas of pastureland, Bison and Deer were plentiful, and settlers had only been venturing into the area for around two years, thanks to the efforts of Daniel Boone, who had blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap.
Settlements such as they were, were sporadic, and frontier forts were established to offer some protection. The land was occupied in the most part by Wyandotte (Huron) Indians.
The War of Independence was drawing to a close and most of the hostilities between the Wyandotte and the Settlers were due to British involvement. The British hired the Indians to attack and take scalps of Colonial settlers, for which they paid a bounty.