Fort Boonesborough blacksmith with studentsAt Fort Boonesborough, we seek to engage students in the daily lives of early settlers on the Kentucky frontier. Through presentations of the daily chores and life skills necessary for survival, interpreters in 18th century clothing assist students in learning about and understanding frontier life. Our interpretive programming provides opportunities for students to compare and contrast the lives of Kentucky's early settlers and their families to their own lives today. Students will make connections, and understand how their lives are related and connected to the people and places of Kentucky's past.

The park also hosts special "school days" throughout the year at the Fort and at Boone Station State Historic Site in Fayette County as well. In November of each year, we present a week of intense, hands-on Living History programs, involving students physically as well as mentally in six stations where they are engaged for 20 minutes at each. The smell of wood smoke or a fresh split of cedar wood, the sounds of a spinning wheel, a loom, or the blacksmith’s hammer, the texture of different tree barks, wool, linen, or leather, all help to bring the history to life today.

A new Teacher Resource CD is available at no charge to teachers when they schedule a field trip to the Fort. This includes a map and directions to the Fort, a guide for touring, pre- and post-visit suggestions, and a short list of Social Studies and other links to KDE Core Content For Assessment. There are also photos, video clips, and audio to present more detailed information about a field trip to Fort Boonesborough. Field trips may be scheduled for April 1 through October 31 by calling 859-527-3131 x216. Group rates for 10 or more are $3.00 for students, with one teacher or chaperone free for every 20 students. Bus drivers are admitted free, and any additional adults in the group are $4.00 each. Groups may also visit the Kentucky River Museum for an additional $1 per person by scheduling with the museum staff.

Links and Resources

Group Field Trips

Teacher resources and interpretive programming engage students in the daily lives of early settlers on the Kentucky frontier.

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Historical Facts and Documents

Visit our Historical Documentation page for information as well as comprehensive descriptions of items and events with historical significance to Fort Boonesborough.

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Fort Boonesborough Foundation

The Fort Boonesborough Foundation is a group of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to sustain, foster, and promote quality programming at Fort Boonesborough State Park and Boone's Station Historic Site.


Kentucky State Parks

Wherever you travel in Kentucky, you are never far from one of our 50 Kentucky State Parks. Each park has its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands.


How To Contact Us

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By Phone:
859-527-3131 ext. 216

By Mail:
Fort Boonesborough State Park
4375 Boonesborough Road
Richmond, KY 40475