Fort Boonesborough
Kentucky History Award

Winner of 2 History Awards From the Kentucky Historical Society



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Fort Boonesborough Foundation Announces
New Rifle Giveaway for 2015

Click here for more details about the giveaway items.


New 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.

Penix trace

Beginning on March 10, Curtis Penix, an avid hiker from Monroe, Michigan plans to walk in the footsteps of his 5X great grandfather, Joshua Penix, who arrived at  Fort Boonesborough in 1779. Curtis plans a 16-day hike along Boone Trace, as did his grandfather, beginning at Kingsport, TN on March 10 and terminating at Fort Boonesborough March 26.

He will walk the entire route, carry his own food and sleep under the stars. Others have traveled the general route of the Trace; but, Penix will hike the Trace using the primitive trails as much as possible. The Boone Trace was the first road ever blazed into Kentucky.

Penix says” I thought it would be interesting to travel the road my ancestor had traveled. Even though this road helped to carry 300,000 pioneers into the land we now know as Kentucky, it does not exist today as a singular route. Much of the old path has been paved over as residential streets or 2 lane highway. The portions which followed creeks were abandoned for wider roadways and left to grow over. Much has been tilled under for agriculture. Most of the original Boone Trace has been lost the way an artist would paint over the original painting on a canvas. In order to walk with Joshua, I need to peel back the layers of new paint to reveal the original masterpiece that Boone and his men created.”

You can follow the progress of Curtis Penix through his website, facebook and twitter feeds. Sign up on his website at



Frank T. Barnes Collection of Ironwork


Last year a member of our interim staff mentioned to me that he had heard mention of a large collection of ironwork that was available from a museum in Massachusetts. After contacting the source of this information, I received contact information for the curator of the Scottish Rite Museum and Library in Lexington, Mass.

After some communications by e-mail and phone, I received a book, "Hooks, Rings, and Other Things", by Frank T. Barnes. The book is actually a catalog of the iron collection, and lists 1,368 records of items in the collection.

Frank T. Barnes spent forty years collecting ironwork dating from 1680 to 1860, and a few items dating to later dates. There are indeed "hooks and rings" in this collection, but even better are the hundreds of "other things"!! There are numerous items that I have never seen before, except in catalogs, or in photos here and there. The table of contents in the book lists fourteen different groupings of items such as Animals, Architecture, The Farm, Hardware, Industry, Military, Hearth and Home, Lighting, and more. There is a line drawing/sketch of each item along with details, descriptions, dates, locations, etc. Many have detailed anecdotes about the specific item, including repairs, adaptations, and re-purposed applications.

This is the largest single collection that I have ever seen personally, and our friends group, the Fort Boonesborough Foundation now owns the entire collection. Mr. Barnes left his collection to the Masonic Museum some 13 years ago, and that Museum was seeking a non-profit organization that they would deem suitable as a recipient. The Foundation has agreed to a loan of the collection to Fort Boonesborough, and we will have various parts of this collection here at the fort on exhibit as time goes on. If you have an interest in ironwork/blacksmithing, antiques, material culture of times past, or you just like "really cool old stuff", you need to get a look at this collection.

By Bill Farmer


Bill Farmer shows Foundation members the Iron Collection for the first time.


Plan Your School Field Trips


Information for Teachers including curriculum resources for planning a field trip 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 field 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.

Check out the Fort Boonesborough Gazette pages for past front page stories from this website

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


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