Boone Station State Historic Site

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Boone Station State Historic Site

Kentucky

(859) 263-1073

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Overview

Boone Station (or Boone's Station) was a settlement in Kentucky and the home of Daniel Boone from 1779 to 1782. It was located on Boone's Creek in Fayette County, Kentucky, near present Athens, Kentucky. Boone moved here during the American Revolutionary War after having previously lived in Boonesborough, Kentucky. The new settlement, initially called "Boone's new station", was located on land settled in 1776 by Daniel's son Israel. At its height, the settlement consisted of about 15 to 20 families. Like other "stations" in frontier Kentucky, Boone's Station probably consisted of a number of cabins which shared a common outside wall in order to defend against American Indian raids.

Unlike Boonesborough, Boone's Station saw little action during the war. However, a number of Boone's Station residents were killed in the war at nearby locations. Boone's brother Edward was killed by Shawnees in 1780 while hunting with Daniel in present Bourbon County. Boone's son Israel and his nephew Thomas Boone were killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782.

Boone eventually lost or sold his title to his Boone's Station land as a result of the chaotic, overlapping land claim system of frontier Kentucky. Exactly when he moved away is uncertain. In 1783, he either resettled his family in a cabin at nearby Marble Creek, where he lived for a couple more years, or he relocated to Limestone (now Maysville, Kentucky), along the Ohio River. Boone's Station ceased to exist by 1791. It is now a 46-acre Kentucky State Historic Site.

Map of Boone Station (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.951101, -84.354744

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There is a one-mile self guided trail at the historic site.

  • Historic Sites

    Daniel Boone (1734-1820), known for his role in the exploring and settling of the Kentucky frontier decided that the settlement of Boonesborough had become far too crowded. In December 1779, Boone and his family established Boone's Station. At its height, the community had 15 to 20 families, including the Boone, Barrow, Hays, Morgan, Muir, Scholl and, Stinson families.

    Daniel Boone and his family endured many hardships while living at Boone's Station. Both his son Israel, and nephew Thomas Boone were killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1781. By 1781, Boone's claim to Boone Station proved to be invalid. He and other members of the settlement continued to live there for a brief period. However, by 1791 Boone Station had ceased to exist. In 1795, Robert Frank purchased 500 acres that included the Station site.

    Eventually Boone and his family moved to Missouri where the famous pioneer died in 1820. In 1845, the Governor, and General Assembly of Kentucky requested that the remains of Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca Bryan Boone be reburied in Kentucky. They are buried in the State Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

    Get in touch with the surroundings along a one-mile self guided trail.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are located throughout the park.

Directions

Driving

Boone Station is off I-75 at exit 104 south of Lexington. Travel east to Athens on KY 418. Take N. Cleveland Road to Gentry Road.

Phone Numbers

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(859) 263-1073

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