Department of Parks
Fort Boonesborough State Park Hosts Fireside Chats During February
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Fort Boonesborough State Park will present its annual “Fireside Chats” with performances by characters from Kentucky history during each Saturday in February.
All proceeds benefit the Fort Boonesborough Foundation and each evening will include a “Taste of Frontier Fare” starting at The chats start at Tickets are $15 for adults and $25 per couple; children under 12 are $5. Reservations are required.
For information and reservations call 859-527-3131. Here is the schedule of performances:
February 2: Ernie Kurtz-18th Century Music and Interpretation
Ernie sings and plays mandolin, guitar, lute, and a little banjo. His focus is on the 18th century, especially the Revolutionary War and the times surrounding it. The focus of his musical performance is to give people a window back into those times.
February 9: Esther Whitley-presented by Melanie Kuntz
Esther Whitley’s life exemplifies Kentucky’s pioneer women- strong, adventurous, and spirited. Ms. Whitley and her husband built the first brick home in Kentucky and the first “American” race track on which horses ran counter-clockwise on an oval track with a clay surface. She was also an accomplished markswoman. The Whitley gun is on display at the William Whitley House State Historic Site in Lincoln County.
February 16: Abraham Lincoln presented by Jim Sayre
The Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua program presents America’s 16th president, born in Hodgenville in 1809. Come learn more as we celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial. (The national kickoff of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration is Feb. 12 at Hodgenville).
February 23: Atta kul kulla-presented by Rob Rambo
The Cherokee Peace Chief know as “The Little Carpenter” played a key role in the famous land transaction known as the “Transylvania Purchase.” He negotiated the “sale” of what is now western and central Kentucky to the Transylvania Company headed by Richard Henderson. This led to Daniel Boone coming to Kentucky to settle Boonesborough in 1775.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov