"What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream!" - T.K. Whipple
Historic Martin's Station is an outdoor living history museum at Wilderness Road State Park featuring the most authentically re-constructed frontier fort in America. Virginia's frontier comes alive with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations depicting life in colonial America. And as you leave this small frontier settlement, you may find yourself looking back one last time, and you will soon realize that not only have you touched history, history has touched you!
We are all familiar with the iconic American Longrifle carried by noted men such as Daniel Boone and Davey Crocket, but where did those guns come from, and who made them. During the 18th century the skills required to produce a finished rifle or musket were taught from childhood to only the most talented individuals. A colonial gunsmith had to be a master craftsman in many fields to make a living at his art. We will discuss and demonstrate various skills and techniques used in a colonial gun shop. Special brass casting demonstration at 1 p.m.
Observe the ladies of Martins Station as they prepare and process natural fibers. Discover how they would spin, weave, knit, and sew these fibers into the needed garments of the frontier. Special program presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Immerse yourself into autumn in 18th-century Virginia as frontier folk gather at Historic Martin's Station. Visit an 18th century market fair and meet historical figures and skilled colonial tradesmen. Join us and participate in life as it was on Virginia's frontier. Admission is $10 per vehicle.
"All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream." - T.K. Whipple
"And no man knew better how to make the best of a crisis, nor could any carry the most awful terror in one hand and the olive branch in the other, more successfully than he could. Few men better understood the secret spring of the human heart." - Wm Martin
"Martin's Fort was on Martin's Creek. The fort was located on the north side of the creek. There were some five or six cabins; these built some 20 feet apart with strong stockades between. In these stockades there were port holes. The station contained about half an acre of ground. The shape was a parallelogram. There were two fine springs near the station on its north side." - John Redd