Boonesboro bo͞onz´bərə, –bûrō [key], former settlement, central Ky., on the Kentucky River. It was named for Daniel Boone, who in 1775 built a small fort there under orders from the Transylvania Company, organized by the American colonizer Richard Henderson. 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.

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