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. For reservations, please call the Park at 859-527-3131.

Plant Walks – Each Saturday Through the season – We will have a “Plant Walk” at 10am every Saturday, weather permitting, to Locate, Identify and Discuss a number of plants and their uses, whether for culinary purposes, medicinal use, dyeing, or other. These will be plants that are found at various stages of growth, and chosen, by the season, to be identified. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.

Women on the Frontier – 4/21/2018 to 4/22/2018 - 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, built fence, threw tomahawks, 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. You may register for this event at  

Fiber to Fabric on the Frontier – 5/5/2018 to 5/6/2018 – This hands-on-history event lets you participate as you learn how to turn flax and wool into fabric. Demonstration and activities include 18th century wool preparation (sheep shearing, cleaning, and carding); flax preparation (braking, scu tching, and hackling); spinning flax and wool; and weaving on various period looms. This event is free with regular admission to the fort. Please contact Bill Farmer at 859-527-3131 or 

Spring Trade Days – 5/26/2018 to 5/27/2018 – 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. Participate in Frontier Skills workshops and 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. Please contact Bill Farmer at (859) 527-3131 or 

Our Daily Bread – 6/9/2018 – At McAfee’s station, in 1788, Mrs. McAfee said- “Young man, I have just taken seven loaves of bread out of the oven, so take what you want.” Based on this documentation of a bread oven in Kentucky (less than fifty miles away), we now have a bread oven. Lots of research and information about bread has gone into creating a program about 18th century frontier bread making. Join us for a hands-on experience in:  How to make yeast; How to use the hominy block & corn gritter; Different types of flours; How to make different types of breads; Why we let bread dough rise; How the clay bread oven functions; Heating the oven; How to bake bread.

Fort Boonesborough “A Gathering of Descendants” – 6/23/2018 – 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 will welcome everyone who had ancestors in the area of Fort Boonesborough in the 18th century and played a part in the early settlement. We will have resources and information about many of the folks who were here in those early days, ideas of where to find genealogical information, and museum exhibits of artifacts from the original fort site. Authors will be on hand to sign books about early days of the fort, the people, and surrounding areas, and we will have 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 Filson Club, Eastern Kentucky Library and Archives, and local Historical Societies will be on here to assist with information on Genealogy, early Kentucky cemeteries, and early Madison county Family History. We will again be inviting a representative from the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Land office for a presentation on early Kentucky Land Patents and the processes involved in obtaining land in early Kentucky. and more. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.  Please contact Bill Farmer at (859) 527-3131 or

Cool History on Hot Days, Each Saturday in July and August, 2018 -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 each will be presented in the Orientation/Theater Blockhouse of the Fort. These events are free with regular paid admission to the fort. Check our event schedule online at after May 1st for topics and presenters for each date. Contact

The 1778 Siege of Boonesborough – 9/22/2018 to 9/23/2018 – Saturday and Sunday - battle re-enactment at 2 pm each day.  Night battle Saturday 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 - 9/29/2018 to 9/30/2018Charcoal burn event begins 9/23 - See and learn about an ancient craft kept alive even to this day! During the preceding week, Interpreters will once again present another Charcoal Burn: a weeklong 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.

Survivor 1775 – 10/13/2018 to 10/14/2018 - This hands-on-history event lets you participate as you learn about staying alive in the wilderness that would become Kentucky. You have only a few items with you, and you must find a way to stay alive. Demonstrations and activities include learning how to use the items you were carrying and the resources provided by nature to make cordage from plant fibers, build a suitable shelter, make items needed to catch fish and other aquatic food sources, build traps and deadfalls, find food items among plants and trees. Start a fire, cook without pots and pans, make tools, utensils, and more. For additional information, contact    

Rifle Frolic and Frontier Skills – 10/26/2018 – 10/28/2018  -  Open to all Ladies And Gentlemen – Compete for Prizes and Honor, or just enjoy an 18th century weekend. Plans currently include woods walk, smoothbore match, hawk and knife, archery, and flint and steel. Events will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Merchants and Traders welcome. For additional information, contact

Winter Trade Days at the Fort – 11/24/2018 to 11/25/2018 - 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 9:00am each day. This is a great opportunity to do your 18th century holiday gift shopping! There is no admission charge for this event.  Please contact Bill Farmer at (859) 527-3131 or

18th Century Christmas at the Fort – 12/7/2018 – 6pm to 9pm and 12/8/2018 – 1pm to 4pm - 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/ $8 --- Child (6-12)/$5 – under 6- free. Visit  or call the park at 859-527-3131 for additional information      




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


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