2019 – 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment
Join us for the 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment on September 28-29, 2019 at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond, Kentucky. Visitors to the 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment have the opportunity to step back in time for a weekend as they observe what life was like for settlers living in the region in 1778. Boonesborough is considered one of the first pioneer settlements in the commonwealth and the Boonesborough State Park has been doing historically-correct re-enactments at the fort since 2000.
1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment
The fort will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event is free with regular fort admission, which is $8 per adult, $5 per child 6-12 and free for children 6 and younger.
Battle re-enactments will happen at 2 p.m. both days of the 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment, with an additional night battle Saturday at dusk. Come early and spend the day at the 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment learning about 18th century life in Kentucky. See a Living History Event including militia and settlers’ camps, Native American Village, merchants, traders, food, music and more. Visit the Museum Store and 18th century Transylvania Store. This event is free with regular paid admission to the fort.
Parking for the event will be available in front of the fort with additional overflow parking nearby. Trolley service will be available to bring people to and from the fort. Additionally, a half-mile walking trail connects the lot with the fort.
The Fort Boonesborough Foundation will sell lunch both days.
About The Siege of Boonesborough
The 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment relives the actual Siege of Boonesborough that took place in September 1778 during the American Revolutionary War. The attack on the Kentucky settlement of Boonesborough was led by Chief Blackfish, a Shawnee leader allied to the British. Months before the battle, Blackfish had captured and adopted Daniel Boone, the founder of Boonesborough. Boone escaped the Shawnees in time to lead the defense of the settlement. Blackfish’s siege was unsuccessful and was lifted after ten days. Boone was then court-martialed by fellow officers who suspected him of having British sympathies. Boone was acquitted, but he soon moved away from Boonesborough.
About Fort Boonesborough
Richard Henderson, founder of the Transylvania Company in 1775, chose Daniel Boone to head a party of 31 axe men to clear a path through the Cumberland Gap that would run from Long Island of the Holston River, Tennessee, to Otter Creek of the Kentucky River. Blazing the trail presented extraordinary difficulties – the route through the wilderness was a hunter’s trace that was too narrow for a wagon. The task was to combine The task was to combine many trails into one continuous route by clearing underbrush and overhanging foliage. When Daniel Boone and his men reached the Kentucky River on April 1, 1775, they quickly moved to establish Kentucky?s second settlement–the site still known as Fort Boonesborough.
For more information about 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment: Phone 859-527-3131 ext 216 or email Fort Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Boonesborough State Park
4375 Boonesborough Rd.
Richmond, Ky. 40475
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next 1778 Siege of Fort Boonesborough Reenactment at at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond, Kentucky in September.
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