Boonesboro(bo͞onz`bərə, –bûrō), former settlement, central Ky., on the Kentucky River. It was named for Daniel BooneBoone, Daniel,
1734–1820, American frontiersman, b. Oley (now Exeter) township, near Reading, Pa.
The Boones, English Quakers, left Pennsylvania in 1750 and settled (1751 or 1752) in the Yadkin valley of North Carolina.
..... Click the link for more information. , who in 1775 built a small fort there under orders from the Transylvania CompanyTransylvania Company,
association formed to exploit and colonize the area now comprising much of Kentucky and Tennessee. Organized first (Aug., 1774) as the Louisa Company, it was reorganized (Jan., 1775) as the Transylvania Company.
..... Click the link for more information. , organized by the American colonizer Richard HendersonHenderson, Richard,
1735–85, American colonizer in Kentucky, b. Hanover co., Va. An associate justice of the North Carolina superior court (1769–73), Henderson was long interested in Western lands and was the chief promoter of the Transylvania Company.
..... Click the link for more information. . The seat of the government of Transylvania for several years, Boonesboro was later abandoned because of repeated attacks by Native Americans. The fort has been restored within Fort Boonesboro State Park; it contains shops and a museum.