42nd Simon Kenton Festival Sept. 15 and 16

Have you ever wanted to throw a tomahawk, chat up Native Americans or meet Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone? Then you are in for a treat at the Simon Kenton Festival in Old Washington.

This annual event that is now in its 42nd year, will provide you with an authentic, family friendly experience that will have you loving this charming historic area. The fun begins on Sept. 15, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., and continues Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This festival was started to honor Simon Kenton, who through historical accounts has been named the “Father of Mason County.” Mr. Kenton originally arrived in Washington in 1775 and then returned 10 years later to established his station and began recruiting families and individuals to the area. Washington was once the second largest city in Kentucky, with 119 log cabins stretching for 1 mile. Our historic village is now known as “Old Washington,” and is located in Maysville, 60 miles east of Cincinnati, and 60 miles northeast of Lexington.

Our two-day historical adventure will begin with the Kenton Kin, Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone and other heroes of the frontier marching into the center of Old Washington. After the American flag is raised, and the last echo of the gun salute has finished, visitors are enticed to explore over 80 different booths and setups. Antiques, KY Proud Items, Local Produce and Unique Crafts from all over the country are nestled along the main street. Visitors can enjoy carriage rides, pioneer games, reenactments, music, shopping, food and much more.

At various times during the day, Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, and the Chief of the Shawnee Tribe will meet at the Old Church Museum to tell about the life and times of our beloved pioneer heroes. Professional actors will portray each of the visiting frontier heroes and they have been recognized across the country for the accuracy of their performance. We even have a descendant member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to portray his ancestor Private Shannon. Make sure to have a photo taken with at least one of these frontier heroes!

You’re not done yet! Tour through one of our 5 wonderful museums with one of our themed tour guides to top off your historical adventure. See where Harriet Beecher Stowe stayed, or where Albert Sidney Johnston was born, explore the Paxton house and Inn, plus much more!

The Simon Kenton Festival will be sure to provide you with historical knowledge, a treasured keepsake and memories that will last a lifetime.