The Fort Boonesborough Foundation hosted the 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough. Unlike previous years that were held only in the evenings, this years event was both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. As beautiful as the fort is by candlelight, the Foundation recognized the fact that families with small children and older adults appreciated the chance to visit on Saturday afternoon. So Friday night was by candlelight and Saturday by daylight. It was also considerably warmer on Saturday than Friday night. But the weather didn’t matter as visitors moved from cabin to cabin to learn about how the holiday was celebrated by various ethnic groups in the 18th Century.
In addition to the 18th Century customs, there was music in the tavern accompanied by baked goods and hot chocolate and hot cider. In the other blockhouse volunteers helped children make cloth dolls and Christmas trinkets. There was a wonderful display of Santa Claus figurines depicting the jolly old elf as he would have looked to children in other years and other countries.
On Saturday carols were provided in the center of the fort by the Model Lab High School Choir of Richmond, Kentucky.
And to top it off Santa Claus himself was on hand to have pictures taken with visitors!