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The Fireside Chats 2016 - Undressing the Historical Lady


The Fort Boonesborough Foundation hosted the first of the February Fire Side Chats on February 6, 2016.

The opening performance was a lecture by Maggie Waterman Roberts entitled “Undressing the Historical Lady. “ The well dressed and equally knowledgeable Roberts explained with humor and tact just how many layers an 18th century woman wore.

Along the way she shed various layers, taked about their construction and how each piece developed as a common wardrobe staple. Each garment landed on the table next to her so visitors could come up to the front after her talk and examine the stitches and construction.

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The Chats continue on February 13 with a portrayal of Daniel Boone. Kevin Hardesty takes center stage as the Humanities Council’s latest Daniel Boone in the Chautauqua Series. For details and registration information see below.

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Upcoming Events for 2016

FIRESIDE CHATS Fireside Chats at Fort Boonesborough State Park. Sponsored by the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Dinner and a historic speaker, $15 each, reservations required.
February 13, 2016 Canceled due to weather.Speaker is Daniel Boone portrayed by Kevin Hardesty of the Kentucky Humanities Council. See Details above.
February 20. 2016 General George Rogers Clark portrayed by Mel Hankla of the Kentucky Humanities Council. See details above.
February 27, 2016 Frontier Surveyor portrayed by David VanMeter. See details above.

March 19-20, 2016
Kalamazoo Living History Show, “History in OUR Hands - the Future of Living History” Kalamazoo, MI

April 9-11, 2016 “An American Memoir” at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. A Juried Living History Event. Re-Enactor Applications and Photos due by March 1, 2016. Learn More ...

April 15, 2016 The Revolution’s Last Men Lecture and Book Signing by Don N. Hagist 7:00 PM 809 West Main St. Louisville, KY Admission $8.00 sponsored by the Kentucky Sons of the American Revolution, National Headquarters,.

April 16-17, 2016 Women on the Frontier - Fort Boonesborough State Park

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From the Hearts of Our Ancestors to the Hands of Our Children is the theme for the Cumberland Gap event April 9-11, 2016

Quarter Ceremony

New Quarter Release at Cumberland Gap

The Kentucky Bookfair  Frankfort, KY November 2015

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One of the events that we covered in late 2015 was the Annual Kentucky Book Fair. Now in it’s 34th year we were in attendance with an estimated 4,600 other people at the Frankfort Convention Center. More than 200 authors and illustrators participated in the fair, signing their books and taking part in symposiums and panel discussions.

Authors have long been a major source of both interest and information among living historians. There is no better way to obtain quality information than to meet with an author that has thoroughly researched the subject or time period that you are interested in.

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Curtis Penix plans Boone Trace Hike in conjunction with
Cumberland Gap Spring Event

In 2015 Curtis Penix planned and completed a hike of a portion of the Boone Trace. Penix is an avid hiker and was interested in learning more history about the trek. His hike was documented on his website and concluded at Fort Boonesborough on April 2015. Many people followed the event and even joined in the hike. See the story from 2015.

This year Penix is going to make the trip in the reverse of his 2015 hike beginning at Fort Boonesborough and is inviting re-enactors and anyone interested in the trip.

Update from Curtis Penix

His goal is 17 miles a day, with tentative overnight locations as follows:

  • April 2nd- Twitty’s fort.
  • April 3rd- Boone Gap
  • April 4th- Maple Grove Rd. (wild area)
  • April 5th- Woods Blockhouse
  • April 6th- Levi-Jackson campground
  • April 7th- Poplar Branch- Arkle rd. (wild area)
  • April 8th- Elys Rd. just N of Knox/Bell Co. line )
  • April 9th- Northern boarder of Middlesboro.
  • April 10th- Wilderness Rd. State Park campground.

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to walk Boone Trace.

Dr. John Fox and the Friends of Boone Trace have been working tirelessly this past year with organizations at the local, state and national level to open Boone Trace as a recreation and education destination. Last year’s hike from Kingsport, TN, to Fort Boonesborough, KY, was just the beginning.

Now, it’s time to call all modern pioneers to join us for a hike beginning April 2nd through April 10th.Starting at Fort Boonesborough, we will make our way south along the Trace and end on the 10th at Martins Station near Ewing, VA. We want to see all levels of trekkers putting their soles/souls on the Trace. If you’re an experienced long haul hiker and want to do the 145 miles, pack your dehydrated delicacies and let’s go If just a night or two is the experience you want, get that tent out of the moth balls. Maybe you’re up for a full day on the section of you’re choice or just a few hours.

Go to and (check out the digital maps page) and start planning your hike. Those that wish to spend the night on the trail can find the camping locations we will using each night. These locations can also serve as drop-off/pick-up spots for those who will be day hiking only.

We will be passing through Cumberland Gap on the 10th during a weekend event unveiling the newly issued “America the Beautiful” U.S. Quarter. Plan on attending the ceremony on the 11th regardless of what section you walk!

The Re-Enacting World loses an original



Wayne Milton passed away on December 23, 2015. There were complications after his surgery, and he had been in the hospital 45 days. Most of that was in a drug induced coma in a ventilator.

Wayne was a long time re-enactor. He portrayed Daniel Boone among his many personas. The last chance we had to visit with Wayne was at The Siege of Boonesborough in September. He had been battling cancer and talked of an upcoming surgery that was scheduled. He was able to see many old friends that weekend and stopped to talk with all of them. Wayne leaves his wife Kathy Johnson Milton, 2 children and four grandchildren.

In 2010 we did a photo spotlight on Wayne Milton at Martin’s Station. Click here to see these photos of Wayne at his best. His obituray can be found at

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