Fort Boonesborough
Kentucky History Award

Winner of 2 History Awards From the Kentucky Historical Society




2017 Fort

2017 Campground Schedule

Fort Hours and
 Admission Prices

Teacher Field Trip Information

The Iron Collection


Fort Boonesborough is now open daily - 9-5  April thru October.


Coming June 17, 2017

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3rd Annual

A Gathering of Descendants

We want to welcome everyone who had ancestors who came to Fort Boonesborough in the 18th century and played a part in the early settlement of Kentucky. We will have resources and information available about many of the folks who were here in those early days, ideas of where to find genealogical information, museum exhibits of artifacts from the original fort site, authors on hand to sign books about early days of the fort, the people, and surrounding areas, and ongoing historical interpretation of the daily lives, chores, skills and trades of those who came here during that time.


David VanMeter, the Surveyor  Kandie Adkinson from the Secretary of State Land office
Author Anne Crabb And the Battle Began with Claps of Thunder
Author Henry Enoch Col. John Holder: Boonesborough Defender and Kentucky Entrepreneur, Women at Fort Boonesborough,
Author Joan Mayer - Of Family and Place
Author - Randell Jones - In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone

Archaeologist Nancy O’Malley leads tour of the Original Fort Site - 11 am and 1 pm

Participating Groups

Kentucky Genealogical Society
Boonesborough DAR
Madison County Historical Society
Society of Boonesborough
Boone Society
Friends of Boone Trace
Bluegrass  Museum / Clark County Historical Society


Thanks to all who participated in

Women on the Frontier
April 22-23, 2017

Frontier Remedies, Food, Fiber & Farm Chores


The Daniel Boone Memorabilia Collection

On April 15, 2017 Fort Boonesborough State Park held the official opening of The Daniel Boone Memorabilia Collection.  After a lifetime of collecting, Mr. Ray Buckberry of Bowling Green, Kentucky has donated his memorabilia collection to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. The Foundation has placed the collection on loan to the State Park. Mr. Buckberry along with members of the foundation joined together for the opening at 1:30 pm inside the fort. Learn More


Fort Boonesborough Foundation
 Rifle Fund Raiser for 2017

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Purchase Tickets at an Upcoming 2017 Event - Online ticket Ordering


Plan Your Educational Field Experience


Information for Teachers including curriculum resources for planning an educational field experience to Fort Boonesborough is now online.  In previous years teachers could request the information but as of 2013 all of this information about how to get the most out of a trip to the fort is available here. Click here to see video clips, curriculum materials, information about attending on the Friday before Siege Weekend and our special November School Days and other options.


Thanks to all the participants in the 2016 Siege of Fort Boonesborough

See additional photos at


Gathering of Descendants 2016
A Huge Success

June 18-19, 2016

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Descendants stop at the DAR Monument to the Settlers of Fort Boonesborough on Saturday morning. They were meeting at the original fort site to hear archaeologist Nancy O’Malley talk about her work at the site.

And back up at the replica fort site booths of genealogy groups and speakers filled the day with information for visitors.

Additional photos - click here.


 Book Sold by
Fort Boonesborough Foundation



Fort Boonesborough is one of Kentucky's most historic places and, although seldom mentioned in popular accounts, women were present from the very beginning. This work includes women whose presence at the fort can be reasonably documented by historical evidence. The time period was limited to the years between 1774, when the fort was established, and 1784, when the threat of Indian attacks had subsided and the fort's stockade walls were taken down.

Book is also available for purchase in the Transylvania Store.


Authentic Powder Horn Donated to
Fort Boonesborough Foundation


Keith Crawford and his wife Angela donated the above powder horn to The Fort Boonesborough Foundation during the June “Gathering of Descendants” Event. The original powder horn will remain on permanent display at the Fort. Special thanks to the Crawford’s for this incredible donation. To see more photos and learn the story of the horn click here.


Frank T. Barnes Collection of Ironwork

Learn More....

The original Fort Boonesborough was built by Daniel Boone and his men in 1775


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