Both of Daniel Boone’s birthdays were honored this weekend at Fort Boonesborough during a special 275th anniversary event.

That is correct. Not only did Boone lead the way for a civilized Kentucky and nation, but the man has two birthdays, being Oct. 22 and Nov. 2.

The use of the Julian calendar was laid to rest and the Gregorian calendar was adopted when Boone was 18 years old, and he, along with everyone else, gained 11 days, explained Scott New, who portrayed Boone this season at Fort Boonesborough.

New, a Berea resident, gave two presentations, titled “Revolutionary Soldier and Statesman,” and “The Man vs. The Myth.”

New is a historian and works for the Kentucky Humanities Council. He portrays different historical figures, but Saturday was dedicated exclusively to Daniel Boone.

“It’s important because it’s our history,” New said. “It’s our heritage and is much more a part of us than what most people think. The life of the man we’re celebrating today – it affects you every single day that you live if you live in Kentucky, if you live in America, if you live west of the Appalachian Mountains – that man and what he did is a part of your life.”

New said he wants audiences to see his presentations as more than just a history lesson.

His presentations burst through the coon-skin hat cliché that many associate with Daniel Boone.

“I think it’s just as important to not just talk about the things that he did, but to talk about the kind of man that he was,” New said.

Aside from being a frontiersman, Boone also was a military and legislative representative, he said.

This weekend marked the first Daniel Boone birthday celebration to be conducted at the fort, according to park manager Phil Gray.

“We’re doing this specifically because it’s his 275th birthday,” Gray said. “We’re making it a big deal. It’s one of those big numbers and the next one would be 300.”

Boone should be a highly respected historical figure for all Americans, and not just Kentuckians, he said.

“It’s important that people remember their history,” Gray said. “We need to learn about Daniel Boone, and not just Daniel Boone, but all the extraordinary people who came through Boonesborough."

Saturday’s events also included Michael Fields portraying Blackfish with a presentation titled “Blackfish and Boone,” and Boone historian Meridith Mason Brown, author of the newly released book “Frontiersman – Daniel Boone and the Making of America,” was available for a book signing.

Sunday featured Boone historian and author Neal O. Hammon, who wrote “Daniel Boone and the Defeat at Blue Licks,” and edited “My Father, Daniel Boone.”

Throughout the entire weekend, 18th century camp sites were active, along with traders, merchants and ongoing demonstrations of 18th century life.

Visit or call (859) 527-3131 to learn more about the park and the programs featured throughout the year.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.

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