Women on the Frontier was in it’s eighth year in 2012 and took place earlier in the spring, moving from June to April. This year’s theme was Food, Fiber and Forage.
Event volunteer and Fort Boonesborough Foundation member Kristi Heasley teamed with Fort Manager Bill Farmer for much of the programming.
The morning started off with planning the trip to Caintuckee. Heasley had amassed a selection of goods in front of her camp. Women discussed the options of what would have been absolutely essential when making the trip from the colonies to the frontier. How to pack it, what to carry and trying on packs to imagine what kind of weight a women would have carried in addition to small children.
Later in the morning the exercise was extended when participants met out behind the fort. Interpreters Scott New and Danny Hinton had horses and goods so the discussion could continue. In addition to what you could carry what could your horse or horses carry. A person’s station in life was also considered when talking about the trip to Caintuckee. Although most of the earliest settlers were not wealthy people - there were some that were and had the options of many horses or slaves to help with goods. In these cases decisions of what could make the trip were based on the difficulties of the trail.