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A Gathering of Descendants
June 13-14, 2015

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Fort Boonesborough will have a weekend that 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.

These Local Historical Groups & Societies will be on hand to assist with genealogical information:

Eastern Kentucky University Library
Kentucky Genealogical Society
Clark County Historical Society
The Boone Society
Madison County Historical Society
Society of Boonesborough
Ruddell's and Martin's Stations Historic Association

Also Authors, Book Signings, and a visit with Archaeologist Nancy O’Malley. A Colonial Music Concert will take place with Jon Hagee at 3:00 PM on Saturday.    Learn more....

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

The Boone Society to Host Authors at The Gathering of Descendants


Sam Compton, president of The Boone Society has announced that they will host additional authors in their booth at The Gathering of Descendants. AuthorNeal Hammon will autograph his: Defeat at Blue Licks" book and Sue Ballard will sign her brand new book  "My Blessed, Wretched Life", story of Rebecca Boone.

Also on hand will be The Boone Society genealogist, Dorthy Mack in from California, who will  to do  genealogy searches on the spot.


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Join Us Memorial Day Weekend
Spring Trade Days
May 23-24, 2015


Rifle Frolic - Labor Day Weekend - Learn More




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


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.


Fort Boonesborough Foundation Announces
New Rifle Giveaway for 2015

Click here for more details about the giveaway items.


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.


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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