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

The Iron Collection


Coming Special Events

Spring Trade Days
May 28 & 29, 2016

Reenactors and Traders Register Now


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.


Make Plans to Attend the 2nd Annual
 Gathering of Descendants!

June 18-19, 2016


Archaeologist Nancy O’Malley spoke to descendants at the original fort site about her recent fort dig.

2016 Participants
Now Available

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Last June saw the first “Gathering of Descendants” at Fort Boonesborough.It was a family weekend at Fort Boonesborough and 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.

The fort staff is busy finalizing plans and the groups that will attend this 2016 event. So if you know your genealogy or just suspect that your family came through Boonesborough or the local area in the late 18th century this is the perfect weekend to explore your past.

The Fort Boonesborough Foundation will be selling lunch and concessions both days along with tshirts. totes, books and more.

Mark your Calendar for June 18-19, 2016

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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.


Daniel Boone Visits Boonesborough in the Final 2016 Fireside Chat


Each February the Fort Boonesborough Foundation hosts the Fireside Chats. Four Saturday nights and four different speakers accompanied by four different frontier meals.

This year one weather cancellation forced Daniel Boone to arrive on March 5. But the crowd could not have been more enthusiastic as Kevin Hardesty, one of  the newest member of The Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua speakers took center stage as Daniel Boone. Click here for photos.

Additional photos of the other three presenters, and the weekend chats also available


 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.


The Siege of Fort Boonesborough

Thanks to all who attended and participated!


 Photos Now Loaded!


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.


Frank T. Barnes Collection of Ironwork

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


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