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Fairmont - Prickett's Fort State Park

106 Overfort Lane

Perched on a small rise overlooking the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River, this rustic log fort is a re-creation of the original Prickett's Fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. Built in 1976 by the Prickett's Fort Memorial Foundation, the "new" fort serves as a living history site where interpreters recreate late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.

The fort covers a 100 by 100 foot square, with 12-foot-high log walls and blockhouses at each corner. Lining the weathered stockade walls are 16 tiny cabins, some with earthen floors. A meetinghouse and a storehouse fill the common.

When the threat of Native American uprisings occurred, up to 80 families from the surrounding countryside would hurry to the fort. They would stay as long as the threat existed, from days to weeks.

"Forting up" was simply tolerated by settlers, as life in the cramped quarters could be unpleasant. Such sacrifices were necessary for survival on the dangerous frontier of the late 1700s. Today's fort, just north of Fairmont, still portrays that life and time.


Halle Edwards

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
I went for the Candlelight Christmas event at the park this past weekend. Even though it was dark and I couldn't see all the buildings, it was still a great place. The main buildings were decorated as they would have been in the 18th century and lit only by candles. There was a guide in each of the buildings to tell you all about life in that time period. Everyone was very knowledgeable and friendly. I especially liked that this was a "hands-on" park so you could really interact with your surroundings. In addition to the fort and additional houses nearby, there is also a museum telling you a bit about the history of the area. The price is also very reasonable. The entrance fee is only $8 and you get full access to the grounds. If you like bicycling, the rail trail runs right through the park, as well. Overall, this was an enjoyable experience I would definitely recommend. I look forward to going back and seeing the place during the daylight too!

Amanda Harper

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Wonderful hiking trails, perfect for my dog. Paved or you can branch off into the woods. There's always geese or ducks to feed too.

Wesley Burns

Friday, April 13, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful Place. The cemetery is full of history that I found fascinating.

Dianna Gatz

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Nice place. Small but they pack a lot in here. Great historians there to show you what life was like on the frontier.

Dennis Hevener

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Awesome 18th Centry show with great items for sale. Sat 9:00 to5:00 and. Sunday 9:00 to 3:00.

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