Fort Boonesborough
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Fireside Chats 2008

Melanie Kuntz as Esther Whitley (continued from front page)

Facts about the Whitleys:
Came to Kentucky in 1775.

Had three homes in Kentucky - the most famous their final home at Sportsman’s Hill which is still standing which is now a State Historic Site

The Whitley’s had 11 children and 61 grandchildren. All of the children reached adulthood - rare for the 18th century.

In 1815 William Whitley at the age of 64 enlisted as a private and fought in the War of 1812. He was killed at the Battle of the Thames and buried in Ontario, Canada.

Esther outlived William by 18 years and died instantly at the breakfast table.

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Views from the evening

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It was a packed house for both dinner and the performance. (Left) Park manager Phil Gray made several announcements including the fact that the remaining two Fireside Chats have “Sold Out.”

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Although it was chilly - it was not cold enough to stop folks from visiting outside the blockhouse and walking around the Fort. As with all events at Fort Boonesborough - re-enactors were on hand to support one of their own.

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The Fort Boonesborough Foundation

The Annual February Fireside Chats are just one of the many things at the fort sponsored by The Fort Boonesborough Foundation. In addition to their monetary support, members of the Foundation help with the food, bring the desserts, set up tables and more. Bill and Anne Farmer of the Fort Boonesborough staff were on hand along with Curator Jerry Raisor, Campground Manager Jack Winburn and Park Manager Phil Gray. The Foundation uses the funds raised at events like The Fireside Chats to help with acquisitions and support programing. Click here to learn more about The Foundation

February 3rd Fireside Chat was a musical evening


Musician E.L. Kurtz fills the blockhouse with music on February 3rd at the first of this February’s Fireside Chats. Following the “Taste of the Frontier” Dinner hosted by The Fort Boones-borough Foundation, Kurtz entertained with such 18th songs as The Escape of Old John Webb, Soldier, Soldier Will You Marry Me? and more.


February’s Fireside Chats
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Click Here to see Newsreel Clips from the 2007 Fireside Chats


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


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