Electronic Field Trip to Fort Harrod
and Fort Boonesborough
Explore life on the Kentucky frontier in this KET field trip for grades 4-8. The program visits two reconstructed 18th-century settlements, Fort Harrod in Mercer County and Fort Boonesborough in Madison County, to learn why forts were a necessary part of the settlements; experience what it was like to attend the first school west of the Allegheny Mountains; and watch as blacksmiths, potters, weavers, and other craftspeople demonstrate the specialized skills needed for a settlement community to survive.
Other topics covered:
- Why early settlers moved to Kentucky and the routes they traveled.
- Barriers to exploration and settlement encountered by the settlers and factors that influenced where settlements were constructed.
- The conflicts and compromises the settlers experienced in their interactions with Kentucky’s native peoples.
- The hardships the settlers endured as they used the natural resources at hand to survive and establish communities on the frontier.
- The unique culture created by the early settlers and how they forever changed the physical environment of the land they settled.
The Electronic Field Trip to Fort Harrod and Fort Boonesborough is a 2006 KET production.