The Fort Boonesborough Foundation began the 2013 Fireside Chats on February 9th. The Fireside Chats are Saturday night dinner and performance evening’s with proceeds benefitting the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.
This Saturday’s Frontier Fare was green beans and potatoes served with a ham sandwich, homemade dessert with good hot coffee and hot chocolate. The green beans and potatoes were fixed in the large iron pot over the open hearth fire - thus the name Fireside Chats. Visitors could eat in one blockhouse and visit the tavern in Fort Boonesborough’s other corner blockhouse for refreshments and period games.
And then it was on with the show. In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 the Fort Boonesborough Foundation expanded the usual time frame of the Fireside Chats to include the period of the early 1800’s. From the Kentucky Humanities Council’s roster of Chautauqua performers the Foundation chose 17 year old Harry Smith performing as Private William Greathouse a 17 year old militia soldier who wanted to fight for his country during the War of 1812.
Greathouse was an actual soldier from Bardstown, Kentucky and was wise beyond his years. He was strong willed and strong minded and mustered in with his friends from Kentucky and started the long trip north toward Canada to fight the British and their Indian allies who were lead by that most famous , Indian - Tecumseh.