Visiting Fort Boonesborough in Richmond
I love Kentucky. As the saying goes, I wasn’t born here, but I got here as quickly as I could. And along with my love for all things Kentucky, our state parks are tops on my list. This particular Saturday’s adventure led us to Fort Boonesborough in Richmond.
Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings. Resident artisans perform craft demonstrations and give modern-day visitors a true sense of what life was like for pioneers in Kentucky.
Open daily from 9-5 April through October, the admission fees to the fort are well worth the cost (Ages 6 to 12: $5, 13 & up: $8). The Fort Boonesborough Foundation has events all through the year. Cool History on Hot Days runs every Saturday through August, and my family was treated to a narrative about life in Daniel Boone’s day by a woman dressed in period clothing. We were all enthralled as the speaker brought up so many historic events and began thought provoking discussions well after she was finished.
We strolled around the grounds of the fort at our leisure. We did pause while my oldest son tried to throw a tomahawk at a log – which was actually much more difficult than the resident artisan made it appear! In different cabins we learned about candles, soap making, the weapons and tools of the day, medicinal herbs, and got glimpses of how the settlers may have lived so long ago. There was also a gift shop on site with fort souvenirs as well as cold sodas and snacks.
The campground, pool and picnic area are just down the road, or you can take a trail which is about half a mile. We ate our picnic lunch and my youngest son enjoyed the playground afterwards. Then we made our way down to the Kentucky River so my kids could fish (make sure you have a license). It was very peaceful and quiet on the river bank. After everyone had had enough of the river, we decided to check out pool. The fees were minimal (Ages 3 to 12: $4, 13 & up: $5, Campers: $4, Seniors: $4) and it was a great way to unwind and cool down after a long day of exploring.
We all really enjoyed the experience and the people at the fort were very nice and eager to answer questions. Beyond the beautiful setting, having the past come to life before your eyes will leave a lasting impression!
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