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Fort Boonesborough State Park

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4375 Boonesborough Road
Richmond, KY 40475 United States
859-527-3131 ext 216 http://www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org/

Fort Boonesborough State Park is the location of a reconstructed Fort Boonesborough (completed in 1974) as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings. Resident artisans perform craft demonstrations and give modern-day visitors a true sense of what life was like for pioneers in Kentucky.

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.

Many trails into one continuous route by clearing underbrush and overhanging foliage. For some stretches however, it meant using axes and tomahawks to clear trees for a new section of trail. It was very expeditiously but roughly done. For decades afterwards, the Wilderness Trail was generally conceded to be the roughest, most disagreeable road on the continent, but was one of the major factors in the opening of the Middle West to colonization. A determined Boone and his loyal followers forged ahead until they reached the settlement site “about 60 yards from the river, and a little over 200 yards from a salt lick.” On the first of April, 1775, Boone and his woodsmen began the construction of several temporary log huts that were immediately dubbed “Fort Boone”.

What can you see on a visit to Fort Boonesborough? A variety of activities take place in the cabins, daily. Also visit the Event Schedule Page for a listing of special events at the fort. Visitors to the Fort can walk the grounds, see a short film in the orientation center and visit with the interpreters inside the cabins as they go about their various activities. Visitors can also shop in the 18th Century Transylvania Store. The Campground is situated down near the original fort site and offers a campground store for general merchandise needs while at the park or the pool.

Fort Boonesborough State Park - Fort Boonesborough - Richmond Kentucky

December 2018

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