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Welcome to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation Website

Join Us for Upcoming Events

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Spring Trade Days

May 28 & 29, 2016

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.

2nd Annual Gathering of Descendants

June 18 & 19, 2016

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Trying to trace a lost ancestor that came through the Fort Boonesborough area in the late 18th century.

Come to the Gathering of Descendants when History and Genealogy groups will be on hand to aid in your search. Meet with other families who also have family information to share.

A complete weekend to learn about the fort and the families that started here.

Attending Groups:

Society of Boonesborough
Kentucky History Center (Saturday Only)
Clark County Historical Society
Madison County Historical Society
Eastern Kentucky University Library and Archives
Kentucky Genealogical Society
Friends of Boone Trace
Ruddells & Martins Station Historical Association (RAMSHA)

Nancy O’Malley
Assistant Director  of the University of Kentucky, W.S. Webb Museum of Anthropology will be on hand at the original Fort location for presentations at 11:00 and 1:00 on Saturday.

Trolley available to transport visitors from the fort to the original site.

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The Foundation will be selling concessions this weekend along with books, tshirts and other descendant related items. Send an Email to Elizabeth Chalfant to volunteer your time this weekend.

Buy tshirt and totes online for this event.

Authentic Powder Horn Donated to
Fort Boonesborough Foundation

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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.

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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.

Learn More and Purchase Online

Now Available For Sale Online - William Calk’s Journal of a Trip to Boonesborough in 1775. Edited By Harry Enoch with all proceeds supporting the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.

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Also Available in the Online Store

The Fort Boonesborough Foundation is pleased to add a DVD entitled The 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough. Telling the story of the great Siege the film was produced by Graphic Enterprises/Pioneer Times in 2008 and shot live at The Fort Boonesborough Siege Re-Enactment. It also includes a section from Fort Manager Bill Farmer about the historic significance of The Siege. A portion of the proceeds to support the Foundations mission.

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New Signs

New Park Signs

Visitors to the park will begin to notice new signs being installed on the grounds. Signs were purchased in part with funds from the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.

“Of all the foundation’s contributions to the park over the years, these signs will have a really longterm and lasting impression on visitors to the park, “ said Foundation Member Elizabeth Chalfant.

About the Foundation

The Fort Boonesborough Foundation is made up of a group of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to sustain, foster, and promote quality programming at Fort Boonesborough State Park and Boone's Station Historic Site.

We sponsor such events as The Fireside Chats, Women on the Frontier, An 18th Century Christmas and  November school days. We sell concessions at special events at the park and manage parking for Halloween. The Fort Boonesborough Foundation has been in existence for over 10 years and is the oldest of all of the groups who help promote and sponsor Kentucky’s State Parks.

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Fort Boonesborough Foundation, Inc.
4375 Boonesborough Road
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
859-527-3131

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Also visit www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org

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Fort Boonesborough drawing used with permission of the artist, Robert A. Powell