Kentucky pioneer Christmas at Fort Boonesborough


RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – Learn what Christmas was like during Kentucky’s pioneer days as Fort Boonesborough State Park in Madison County holds their “18th Century Christmas at the Fort” event Friday and Saturday.

The Friday night event will allow guests to see the fort lit with candle lanterns and bonfires. Cabins will be decorated and occupied by living history interpreters presenting 18th century holiday traditions.

As well as interpretations from English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch and German cultures, there will be period music and refreshments in the Blockhouse Tavern, as well as displays of foods of the time period. Children will have the opportunity to make a simple toy, and there will be an opportunity for everyone to visit Father Christmas and have their picture taken.

There will be other living history interpreters and reenactors who will inhabit the fort, and you may get to hear the Christmas Bells and Christmas Guns or warm yourself by an outdoor fire. Belsnickel, the European counterpart of Father Christmas, may be wandering about to present naughty individuals with a switch or lump of coal.

All refreshments, entertainment, crafts and photo are included with admission, which is $8 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

Events at Fort Boonesborough State Park are scheduled to take place from 6-9 p.m. on Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Parking will be available in the lower lot on Kentucky Highway 388 located across from the campground, with trolleys shuttling guests up to the fort.

Fort Boobesborough State Resort park is located along the Kentucky River in northeastern Madison County and is nearly equidistant from Richmond, Lexington and Winchester. Take Kentucky 627 to Kentucky 388.
For more information on “18th Century Christmas at the Fort,” call 859-527-3131.


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