Fort Boonesborough
Kentucky History Award

Winner of 2 History Awards From the Kentucky Historical Society





Fireside Chats Series –Each Saturday evening in February- Join us for “A Taste of the Frontier”, your evening meal, and then enjoy a first person historical character presentation. Taste of the Frontier served 5:30-6:15, Fireside Chat at 6:45. Admission is $15/adults and $5/children under 12. Reservations required/limited seating. The 18th Century Tavern blockhouse will also be open prior to the chats, until about 6:30. If you would like to browse the tavern, please make time to come a few minutes early.

Women on the Frontier – 4/16/2016 to 4/17/2016 - Learn about the life of a woman on the frontier during this two-day interpretive and interactive event. There will be demonstrations and hands-on learning of 18th century life skills and daily activities in the lives of women. On the frontier, women were frequently called upon to do many things we normally associate only with men. Learn how women grew crops, used flintlock guns, started fires, cast balls for guns, prepared firewood, and did other “manly” things” in addition to their usual activities. We invite women to participate and join in a bit of friendly competition for prizes with newly learned skills if you like. You can still bring along your men to cheer you on. Click Here to register for this event.

Spring Trade Days – 5/28/2016 to 5/29/2016 – Visit a social and business gathering of merchants, traders, artisans, Native Americans, militia members, longhunters, scouts, and other frontier characters. Listen to period music, visit camps, and shop for 18th century goods as you compare life today to 225 years ago. See a weekend of 18th century history come to life! Merchants and Traders welcome. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Fort Boonesborough “A Gathering of Descendants” – 6/18/2016 to 6/19/2016 – Fort Boonesborough will have a weekend that we hope will remind folks of what homecomings and family reunions are about, with a bit of a twist! 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. Representatives from the Dr. Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, The Society of Boonesborough, Eastern Kentucky Library and Archives, and some local Historical Societies will be on here to assist with information on Genealogy, early Kentucky cemeteries, early Madison county Family History, and more. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Cool History on Hot Days, Each Saturday in July and August, 2016 -When the Kentucky combination of heat and humidity make many outdoor activities too uncomfortable to enjoy, we will have a special program, presentation, lecture, or demonstration every Saturday afternoon in air conditioned comfort. All of these will relate to the history of early Kentucky, and will be presented in the Tavern Blockhouse or the Orientation/Theater Blockhouse of the Fort. Some topics may include Historical Characters associated with Fort Boonesborough and early settlement, Skills for life on the frontier, Items of Material Culture, Land Acquisition in the 18th century, and others. These events are free with regular paid admission to the fort. Check our event schedule online at after May 1st for topics for each date. Contact

The 1778 Siege of Boonesborough – 9/24-2016 to 9/25/2016 – Saturday and Sunday - battle re-enactment each day. “Night Battle” Saturday evening at Dusk. Come early and spend the day learning about 18th century life in Kentucky. See a Living History Event including militia and settlers’ camps, Native American Village, merchants, traders, food, music and more. Visit the Museum Store and 18th century Transylvania Store. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Touched by the Fire” – Blacksmith’s Weekend - 10/01/2016 to 10/02/2016Charcoal burn begins 9/28 - See and learn about an ancient craft kept alive even to this day! During the preceding week, Randy Wolfe of Bethel Forge will be here once again doing another Charcoal Burn: a week-long 24/7 project. If you have any interest in Blacksmithing, particularly as it was in the 18th century, we invite you to come to the Fort during this event. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the Charcoal Burn, please let me know at . Merchants and Traders welcome. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Rifle Frolic and Frontier Skills – 10/21/16- 10/23/16 - Open to all Ladies And Gentlemen – Compete for Prizes and Honor, or just enjoy an 18th century weekend. Plans currently include rifle shoot, woods walk, smoothbore match, Seneca run, hawk and knife, archery, flint and steel and tavern games. Prizes and blanket shoots. Events will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Merchants and Traders welcome. For additional information, contact or

Winter Trade Days at the Fort – 11/26/2016 to 11/27/2016 - 18th century merchants and traders in period clothing set up shops in the cabins and blockhouses of the fort. All items for sale are typical of items available in the 18th century. Fort opens at 9:00 am each day. This is a great opportunity to do your 18th century holiday gift shopping! There is no admission charge for this event.

18th Century Christmas at the Fort – 12/9/2016 – 6 pm to 9 pm, and 12/10/2016 – 1 pm to 4 pm - Visit the Fort to see and hear the differences in the holiday celebrations of the season during the early settlement of Kentucky. The Fort will be lighted by candlelight, with decorations in keeping with the traditions of the time. There will be Living History interpretations of the traditions of various ethnic groups and nationalities during the season. Candle lanterns, bonfires, the Christmas Guns, food and refreshments, music and dance, will all add to the atmosphere. Refreshments are included! This is a special program sponsored by the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Admission is Adult/ $7 --- Child (6-12) /$5 – under 6- free

Call the park at 859-527-3131 if you need additional information  

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


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