- There is a museum in his honor, The Simon
Kenton Store. This is housed in one of the original log
cabins of 1790 and is a reminder of the store he operated
here in Washington. When he moved because it was getting
too tame here, he left his brother, John, to run the
store. John was not a very good businessman, not
collecting what was due which resulted in failure for the
- The village holds an annual festival in his
honor the third weekend each September, known as the
Simon Kenton Frontier Festival. Over the last thirty-two years a list of his descendants has been compiled. Many
of them journey to Washington each year to be a part of
this festival honoring their famous forefather.
- Muzzleloaders and their families set up encampments
throughout the village, providing historical
re-enactments and games for children. Craft, antique,
food vendors and a farmer's market are set up along Old
Main Street. Period demonstrations and special
entertainment provide a festive atmosphere throughout the
weekend. Appalachian music, a flintlock and crosslock
longrifle contest, quilt show, vintage style show, broom making, and much more will have something for
- Featured entertainers performing authentic period music are
part of the entertainment. There will be pioneer costume contest, Hat
Contest, and several other contests, and an old-time parade on Sunday. The parade is always a
favorite with the crowds. This event is sponsored by the
Historic Washington Shopkeepers Association and the
Historic Washington Special Events Committee.
- Although hundreds of years have passed since
Simon founded and settled here, the village of Washington
has remained seemingly untouched, almost frozen in time.
Just as early pioneers discovered new territories, you,
too, will make new discoveries here in one of Kentucky's
most unique treasures.