|A Renaissance Faire tent at the American Revolution|
Fort Boonesborough State Park has a fairly accurate re-creation of the original fort with about 18 or 20 buildings and a surrounding wooden stockade. Artisans in the buildings give demonstrations of colonial era crafts during the tourist season which extends until the fall leaves drop. In addition to these regular costumed park staff, on the day we went about 30 or 40 re-enactors were there to play out the 11 day battle in about 30 min. This consisted of about 10 min. of poorly memorized dialogue representing the pre-battle negotiations followed by 20 min. of muskets being fired more or less at random. There was lots of noise and smoke and an embarrassingly high percentage of musket misfires. At one point the defenders rolled out a makeshift cannon constructed out of a wooden log reinforced with iron bands. Boone's brother actually produced such a contraption at the historical battle. It lasted two shots. The whole show was pretty fun (more for the actors than the spectators I suspect) but you were left with the impression that both sides were terrible marksmen since no one ever showed any signs of being shot. Eventually the Indians retreated and we went back into the Fort to tour the regular exhibits.
|Waiting for the battle to commence.|
|Daniel and Chief Blackfish parlay|
|Negotiations break down|
|Bold settlers defend the fort wearing sunglasses.|
|The attackers return fire and ignite a stack of corn stalks for no apparent reason.|
|The wooden cannon makes a brief appearance.|
|Blacksmith at work|
|The horner answers questions|
|Ready to produce the evening refreshments|
This was the first time we had ever been to a reenactment other than a Renaissance Faire. There were maybe 200 people there for the shooting and everyone seemed to have a good time. We'll probably do it again if the circumstances present themselves.
|A little post-battle entertainment|