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Eva Lail rescheduled for April 26, 2014

The Eva Lail Presentation was scheduled as a February Fireside Chat. Due to imclemet weather it had to be canceled. The Foundation will be bringing Eva Lail to the Fort as part of the Women on Frontier Weekend.

The gates will open at 6 p.m., frontier fare dinner will be served in the tavern, and Bonnie Strassell will present the life of Eva Lail, pioneer woman at 7 p.m. in the orientation building. This was one of the fireside chats canceled due to bad weather during Feb.

Reservations are a must, space is limited, price is $15 per person, children under 12 are $5. Call the office to reserve your space,

From Ruddles Station To The
War of 1812: The Eva Lail Story

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Bonnie Strassell to perform at Women on the Frontier

In 1780 Ruddles Station in Kentucky was captured by the British and Indians. Fourteen year old Eva Lail was among the captives and, along with her two young brothers, was taken to the Shawnee village at the mouth of the Mad River in the Ohio country.

Eva ran the gauntlet and remained with the Shawnee until the end of the Revolutionary War. She returned to Kentucky, rebuilt her life and struggled with her fears as another war threatened to tear her world asunder.

Listen as Eva Lail describes the turbulent years of early America. Share her sorrows over her losses and her joy on finding new love; and in the end, discover a strong determined woman, who like hundreds of thousands of others, crossed the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky and helped open the door to freedom.

Fort Positions Open for 2014

From Fort Manager - Bill Farmer

We have three open positions at the fort for this coming season. One will be in the ticket office handling admissions, reservations, etc., and two will be for interpretive positions since we will not have a couple of people returning who worked last year. These two positions may be for anyone who has an early trade or craft skill relative to the last quarter of the 18th century, and especially to early frontier Kentucky. Blacksmith, leather worker, tinsmith, basket maker, seamstress/tailor, musician, potter, gardener, cook, primitive skills such as hunting, trapping, tomahawk, flintlock guns, fire starting by flint/steel and friction or lenses, wildcrafting skills (use of natural plants/trees/materials), wilderness survival skills, or others. These would be topics related to the lives of people coming to Kentucky at the time of Boonesborough.

Raffle items 2014

New Fundraising Raffle for 2014

Learn more and buy raffle tickets online.

Now Available For Sale Online - William Calk’s Journal of a Trip to Boonesborough in 1775. Edited By Harry Enoch with all proceeds supporting the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.

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Daniel Boone gives a knockout performance at first Fireside Chat for 2014


See Photos and story from the first Fireside Chat on February 1, 2014

About the Foundation

The Fort Boonesborough Foundation is made up of 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.

We sponsor such events as The Fireside Chats, Women on the Frontier, An 18th Century Christmas and November school days. We sell concessions at special events at the park and manage parking for Halloween. The Fort Boonesborough Foundation has been in existence for over 10 years and is the oldest of all of the groups who help promote and sponsor Kentucky’s State Parks.


Fort Boonesborough Foundation, Inc.
4375 Boonesborough Road
Richmond, Kentucky 40475


Also visit www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org

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Fort Boonesborough drawing used with permission of the artist, Robert A. Powell