Sunday, August 19, 2012
Fort Boonesborough State Park (KY)
Aug 6-8, 2012
(Playing catch up but still having way too much fun.)
Fort Boonesborough State Park (KY) site 135
This state park isn’t far from I64 or I75 so it was a convenient stopover for a couple of nights. We had no trouble getting adjoining sites during the middle of the week. It was nice to have 50 amp again and water at the site, even if we did have to share a pedestal and use extra water hose.
One of the nice features of this park is the working Fort Boonesborough. It is a reconstruction of the 1775 fort established by Daniel Boone as the second settlement in pioneer Kentucky. It was nice to have air conditioning in the cabins. We are spoiled. There were several artisans showing us how things were done in pioneer days. It was a hard life but the people had to work from sunup to sundown. One of the bigger blockhouses was a representation of a Tavern or Mercantile.
There was a cabin with looms to make cloth and a woodworking cabin.
There was a cabin for the whitesmith or metal working shop and another for making candles.
In the courtyard was the blacksmith and a community garden. We also saw a very heavy canoe that was made from a huge tree trunk log.
Some of the artisans were at their stations and gave nice presentations of their crafts. A woman was busy spinning yarn and another one was making lye soap. She said that the pioneers only bathed about once a months.
The last artisan that we spoke with was the cobbler. He said that the leather soled shoes back then only lasted about 6 months so most people went barefoot during the summer.
Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.