Fort Boonesborough State Park

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Fort Boonesborough State Park
Kentucky State Park
Fort Boonesborough
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Madison
 - coordinates 37°54′2″N 84°16′6″W / 37.90056°N 84.26833°W / 37.90056; -84.26833Coordinates: 37°54′2″N 84°16′6″W / 37.90056°N 84.26833°W / 37.90056; -84.26833
 - elevation 568 ft (173 m) [1]
Established June 14, 1963 [2]
Managed by Kentucky Department of Parks
Locator Red.svg
Location in Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
Website : Fort Boonesborough State Park
Fort Boonesborough Townsite Historic District
Nearest city Richmond, Kentucky / Winchester, Kentucky
Built 1775
Architect Richard Henderson, Daniel Boone
Architectural style No style listed
NRHP Reference # 94000303[3]
Added to NRHP April 14, 1994

Fort Boonesborough was a frontier fort in Kentucky, founded by Daniel Boone and his men following their crossing of the Kentucky River on April 1, 1775. The settlement they founded, known as Boonesborough, Kentucky, is Kentucky's second oldest European-American settlement. The first form of representative government in Kentucky was held here in May 1775. By that summer, Boonesborough consisted of 26 one-story log cabins and four blockhouses.[2]

The fort was the scene of much action during the western theater of the American Revolutionary War. In September 1778, the fort withstood an attack by American Indians in what would later be called "The Great Siege."

State park[edit]

Located in what is now Madison County, Kentucky, Fort Boonesborough State Park has a recreation of Fort Boonesborough rebuilt as a working fort, containing cabins, bunkhouses and furnishings. The park offers history programs in conjunction with the Fort Boonesborough Foundation,[4] and during the in-season, the fort houses resident artisans such as blacksmiths and potters who do open demonstrations to give visitors a taste of what pioneer life in Kentucky was like.[5]

The Kentucky River Museum is located in the park, at the former lock operator's home. The museum focuses on the impact of the river on area families and commerce and tells about the locks and dams in the 1900s.


  1. ^ "Fort Boonesboro State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "History". Fort Boonesborough State Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Fort Boonesborough Foundation". Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Things to do". Fort Boonesborough State Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 

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