Fort Boonesborough

Winner of 2 History Awards From the Kentucky Historical Society


Kentucky History Award

Join Us for The Siege of Boonesborough
September 27 & 28, 2014

with a Special School Day on Friday September 26

Siege 13

Preparations are underway for the Commemoration of the Siege of Boonesborough of 1778. Re-enactors are asked to register for the September event.

Volunteers from The Fort Boonesborough Foundation will again be planning meals and special events for the weekend. Breakfast and lunch will be sold at the Foundation’s tent on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition the Foundation will be serving a light supper to arriving re-enactors on Friday evening as they set up their camps.

Raffle tickets will be on sale (see below) for the Annual Fundraising Raffle which will be drawn over the weekend.

In addition the first prize of a handmade .62 smoothbore flintlock gun in the “Re-Enactor Appreciation Drawing” will be drawn on Sunday afternoon, following the re-enactment.

2014 Fort

 Campground Schedule


Teacher Field Trip Resources

Fort Hours and Admission Prices




Kentucky Humanities Council

Participants in the Siege battles this year will be supplied a ration of powder. Those who participate in the battle on Friday for schools will receive an additional half ration. The Fort Boonesborough Foundation is offering this support in recognition of the contribution that participants make in bringing this piece of Boonesborough history to life. In order to make sure there is sufficient powder on hand, we encourage everyone to register early, by September 1 if possible. You can register online here.

Siege Schedule 14

Download a printable copy of the schedule.

Foundation Fund Raising Raffle to take place
Siege Weekend


The Fort Boonesborough Foundation will be concluding their year long raffle which supports programing at the Fort with a selection of items donated by wonderful area craftsmen.

September 20, 2013 to September 28, 2014

See close up photos of each item and buy tickets online.




for your chance to win!


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Spring Trade Days - Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Women on the Frontier 2014
To Clothe A Family


Participants at the 10th Annual Women on the Frontier learned about flax preparation from living historian Rod Smothers. When settlers first came to the fort in 1775 clothing a family was a difficult chore. Spinning and weaving were common household skills, but before that could begin the raw materials had to be prepared. Click here for photos!

Eva Lail tells her story at Fort Boonesborough

Life was hard for settlers on the frontier and stories abound about their life and death struggles. One such tale is the story of Eva Lail. She was a young women who settled with her family at Hinkston’s Station in the 1780’s. The fort was later renamed Ruddle’s Station and was attacked by Indians and British under the Command of Capt. Henry Byrd. Although the Indians wished to destroy the fort and it’s inhabitants Byrd stepped in and promised the prisoners safe passage to Detroit. Eva Lail and her brothers were part of that enforced march.

Bonnie Hunter Strassel is a storyteller from Owen County Kentucky. She learned of the story of Eva Lail from a friend in her area who had done research on her family genealogy. Strassell embraced the story and made it her own. She gave a stirring performance as Eva


from the time she was a young girl during the Revolutionary War in Kentucky, through her captivity, her return to Kentucky, her marriage and on through the years when Kentucky and the nation entered it’s second conflict with Great Britain known as the War of 1812. Photos and Video click here!


This performance was originally scheduled as one of the February Fireside Chats hosted by The Fort Boonesborough Foundation and was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Another rescheduled performance will be Simon Kenton - June 7th, 2014 at 2 PM


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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