Interpreting the 18th century for visitors to Fort Boonesborough involves many aspects of daily life. The tools, weapons, and implements of daily life are on display and visitors have many questions about the cooking utensils, guns, and clothing they see when visiting the Fort. But the February Fireside Chats, sponsored by The Fort Boonesborough Foundation, try to bring to life people and topics not seen at the Fort on a daily basis.
Such was the case when Frank Jarboe portrayed Lewis Craig, Frontier Preacher at the Fireside Chat on February 28, 2009. Jarboe has been studying 18th century religion for many years and has spoken at the fort before on this topic. But bringing Lewis Craig to life was a new aspect of this subject. Craig was an actual person. He was a farmer and a stone mason and a preacher. When he made the decision to come to Kentucky with his family - members of his church decided to follow along. In all Craig led over 500 people into “the promised land of Kentucky.” This was in 1781 when Indian raids were still prevalent on the frontier and slightly before the great revival years in 1800.