Given the history and nature of Fort Boonesborough, it becomes a little bit different at Christmas time than other traditional celebratory events around the holiday season in Madison County.

"The fort becomes a magical lantern lit venue on Friday night (Dec. 7) with over 100 lanterns lining the pathway and along with candles lighting the cabins," said Elizabeth Chalfant, president and secretary of the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. "Saturday in the daylight, all parts of living in an 18th Century fort is evident: cabins, outside fires, the blacksmith forge and so much more."

The foundation sponsors the event as part of its fundraising effort to support the state park. This year, the 18th Century Christmas will be happening 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1-4 p.m. Dec. 8.

"The event has something for everyone," Chalfant said. "The cabins will be filled with 18th Century living, interpreters explaining about the customs of several countries, such as England, Germany and Scotland, with foods of the time and area."

Handouts and samples of the food will be available.

Plus, the Daniel Boone Memorabilia Cabin has a collection of memorabilia gathered during the past 50 years. A lot of the items are from the old Fess Parker TV show, according to Chalfant.

In the Frontier Foods cabin, guests can learn about foods that were common on the Kentucky frontier during the late 1770s.

In the crafts cabin, children can make simple rag dolls, while the iron collection cabin features original iron pieces from the 1660s to the 1860s.

"Father Christmas will be visiting, and we invite you to have your picture taken with him," Chalfant said. "We will print (them) and give (them) to you as a souvenir of your visit."

Both the museum and the Transylvania store will be open for shopping, and there will be music in the open air as well as in the tavern, where refreshments will be served. There will also be period games.

"All cabins are candle lit. Friday, the fort is toured by lantern light, a magical scene," Chalfant said.

All visitors will be asked to park in a parking area on Highway 388, where there will be signs. Shuttles will provide rides from the parking area to the fort for free, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Reach Sara Kuhl at 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @saraekuhl.

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