Department of Parks
Anniversary of Siege of Boonesborough Set For Sept. 26-27
RICHMOND, Ky. – The commemoration of the Siege of Boonesborough will be held Sept. 26-27 at Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond.
The weekend will include a living history re-enactment of the siege with militia, settler camps, a Native American village, merchants, traders, cannon firing, period music and more. The 18th Century Store, Museum Store and Fort Museum will also be open. The fort will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.
The re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m. both days and is free with a paid admission to the fort. There will also be a special night battle at dusk on Saturday, Sept. 26. Admission for the night battle is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Guests who pay admission earlier in the day may return for the night battle at no extra charge.
The 10-day siege took place in September 1778 when Chief Blackfish’s Shawnee warriors and a detachment of French Canadians under British command attacked the pioneer settlement along the Kentucky River. Although Booonesborough had only 60 men, and a small number of women and children, their ability to hold off the attack was pivotal to the success of the American cause on the western frontier during the Revolutionary War.
This event is also supported by the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. All weekend events are free with paid admission to the fort.
For more information, call the park at 859-527-3131 or visit www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org. Fort Boonesborough State Park features a reconstructed fort with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings. There is an admission charged for the fort. There is also a 167-site campground, mini-golf, and hiking available at the park.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov