"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!
Special Program with Cumberland Gap National Park. Activities for this special event include: living history programs, a sunset memorial walk in Cumberland Gap and the unveiling of the Cumberland Gap America the Beautiful Quarter as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Park Service..
Witness history come alive as more than 350 living historians re-enact life at Joseph Martins’ frontier fort. Watch as two cultures clash, and the flames of war are once again ignited on the Virginia frontier. Activities include tours of Native encampments, and Colonial Militia camps. You can also experience frontier life, and visit 18th century traders selling their wares. Frontier battles highlight the event at 1 pm and 8:30pm on Saturday. War is imminent! Admission fee is $10 per vehicle.
The Cherokee were a strong and proud people. Travel to the Native Camp west of Martin’s Station and visit a Cherokee encampment. Catch a glimpse into18thcentury native culture and customs. Meet a traditional Cherokee elder, as he tells the story of his people, the ani yun wi ya.
"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