After more than 30 years of research, Nancy O’Malley has compiled her research in the new book Boonesborough Unearthed: Frontier Archaeology at a Revolutionary Fort. This groundbreaking book presents new information and fresh insights about Fort Boonesborough and life in frontier Kentucky. O’Malley examines the story of this historical landmark from its founding during a time of war into the nineteenth century. O’Malley also delves into the lives of the settlers who lived there and explores the Transylvania Company’s dashed hopes of forming a fourteenth colony at the fort. This insightful and informative work is a fascinating exploration into Kentucky’s frontier past.
O’Malley will be speaking about the book at the original fort site from 11:30-12:30 and again from 1:30-2:30 on June 15. The newly released book will be available for purchase at the reconstructed fort beginning on that day at both the Fort Boonesborough Foundation’s display table and in the Transylvania Gift Shop. O’Malley will be signing the purchased books throughout the day.
In addition to O’Malley other authors and groups will be on hand. A Gathering of Descendants is in its 5th year at Fort Boonesborough. It is a day to bring together descendants, historians and researchers who have an interest in the original founders of the fort and the surrounding areas.
Groups attending will be: African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, Bluegrass Heritage Museum, Boonesborough DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), EKU Special Collections and Archives, Fort Boonesborough Foundation, Friends of Boone Trace, Kentucky Genealogy Society, Kentucky State SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), Madison County Historical Society, and Society of Boonesborough.
Family organizations represented will be Boone Society, Callaway Family, Chenault Family, French Family and Kincaid Family.
In addition, authors Harry Enoch and Anne Crabb will be signing their new book “African Americans at Fort Boonesborough” which was released earlier this month.
Randell Jones, author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain, George Chalfant author of Boone Trace – Opening the Western Frontier: A Historical Perspective of Boone Trace in Kentucky 1775 – 1795 and Firearms and Ammunition Used by Fort Defenders and Native Americans at Fort Boonesborough 1777 & 1778: Revolutionary Battles at Fort Boonesborough and Joan Mayer author of Of Family and Place will be some of the other authors on hand. Author Neal Hammon My Father Daniel Boone, Virginia’s Western War: 1775-1786, Following Boone’s Trace, and Daniel Boone and the Battle of Blue Licks will be signing books at the Boone Society Booth.
The fort is open 9-5 and this event is free with a paid admission to the fort. Shuttles will be available to transport visitors to and from the original fort site where O’Malley will be speaking. Additionally, the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will be selling concessions, Event tee-shirts, books and DVD’s. The shuttles will also be available for parking in the lower lot.