Fort Boonesborough
Kentucky History Award

Winner of 2 History Awards From the Kentucky Historical Society




2016 Fort

2016 Campground Schedule

Fort Hours and
 Admission Prices

Teacher Field Trip Information

Fort Boonesborough is now open on the Winter Hours Schedule

Friday through Sunday 10 to 4.


THE FEBRUARY 13, 2016 Chat with Daniel Boone has been canceled due to expected inclimate weather and has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016.

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will be holding a series of “Fireside Chats” with famous characters from Kentucky history beginning Feb. 6, 2016.

During each Saturday program, there will be a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. at the 18th Century Tavern blockhouse. Below is a schedule of portrayals of Kentucky historical figures.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and children under 12 are $5 each. Reservations are required due to limited seating.

The gift shop will also be open. If you would like to browse, please make time to come a few minutes early. Call 859-527-3131.


The Siege of Fort Boonesborough

Thanks to all who attended and participated!


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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.


Touched By The Fire

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A gathering of Blacksmiths took place at the Fort on October 3rd &4th. Featured Guest was Peter Ross of Colonial Williamsburg.
Photos by Elizabeth Chalfant


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.


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.


Thanks to All who participated in
A Gathering of Descendants!

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It was a family weekend at Fort Boonesborough June 13 and 14th. Set up in the center of the fort were area historical and genealogical groups. Visitors could explore information about their family history, purchase books, speak with authors and learn more about life in their ancestors day.

Special thanks to The Boone Society, The Clark County Historical Society, The Madison County Historical Society, Kentucky Genealogy Society, Eastern Kentucky University Library, Society of Boonesborough and Ruddell’s & Martin’s Stations Historic Association.In addition our own Fort Boonesborough Foundation sold concessions, books, commemorative T-Shirts, bags and more.

Authors Harry Enoch, Anne Crabb, Randall Jones, Neal O. Hammon and Sue Ballard signed books and shared their knowledge with visitors.

Archaeologist Nancy O’Malley took visitors to the original fort site to discuss her findings from recent digs on the site.

From Park Manager, Rob Minerich:

We feel it was a very successful first year event and would like to invite everyone back next year. We will post next year’s dates here,  as soon as we get them confirmed with all groups involved.

Comment from one volunteer:

I stood out front and talked to the visitors and, in doing so, I heard some of the MOST wonderful and amazing stories. The people who showed up for this event were, for the most part, “on a mission"   and I do not think any of them were anything but a little awe stricken and a lot DELIGHTED with what they uncovered.

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The Fort Boonesborough Foundation was selling books, Tshirts and bags along with concessions. Visit The Foundation Website to still order your Gathering of Descendants T-Shirts and Tote Bags!




April 18-19, 2015
The men who blazed the trails westward and built the earliest stations in what is now Kentucky were hearty men for sure.

But What About the Women?

See Photos from this Annual Weekend Event and the women and visitors that experienced dyeing, firestarting, cow milking and more.  Click Here


Fort Boonesborough State Park Manager, Rob Minerich (left) poses at the end of the trail with hikers Curtis Penix and Givan Fox. At right is Dr. John Fox of Friends of Boone Trace who helped the two plot their route on the Boone Trace. Unlike when Daniel Boone made the journey through total wilderness, the men today had to contend with private land owners, modern highways, and rough terrain.

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On March 26, 2015 Curtis Penix and Givan Fox concluded their trek at Fort Boonesborough State Park.

Penix, an avid hiker decided to trace the route his 5X great grandfather Joshua Penix took to Fort Boonesborough in 1778. He sought help from Dr. John Fox, President of Friends of  Boone Trace. Penix walked the first 90 miles from Kingsport TN to Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing Virginia (Martin’s Station) alone.

There he was joined by Givan Fox and the two concluded the hike together ending at Fort Boonesborough. Media along the way kept tabs on the two hikers and they carried GPS and satellite links to update the blog (Lost in the Wander).

Upon arrival at Fort Boonesborough they were greeted by family and organizations for photos and presentations.


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.


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