Department of Parks
230th Anniversary of Siege of Boonesborough Set For Sept. 27-28
RICHMOND, Ky. – The 230th Anniversary of the Siege of Boonesborough will be commemorated on Sept. 27-28 at Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond.
The weekend will include a living history re-enactment of the siege with militia, settlers camps, a Native American village, merchants, traders, period music and more. The new 18th Century Store, Museum Store and new Fort Museum will also be open.
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 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission for the night battle is $3 for adults and $1 for children. The gates open at 6:30 and there will be a canon firing demonstration at 7:15 p.m.
The ten-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.
For more information, call the park at 859-527-3131 or visit www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org. The 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 53 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. 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