"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!
Throughout the 18th century the Cherokee and Shawnee nations were often enticed by English and French monarchies to fight against the American colonist. Such alliances were often met with broken promises and shattered hope. Travel to the Native Camp west of Martin's Station and visit warriors who eagerly wear the weight of the king's crown. Program presentations Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.
Life could be grim and dangerous on the frontier. What did the settlers do to ease the tension and enjoy one another's company? Join Captain Martin and backwoods travelers for a festive social at the Pig and Panther Tavern. Merriment, games and grog will be the order of the evening. Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Imagine the smell of fresh baked bread lingering in the air or the taste of a hot apple tart with a slight smoky flavor. The availability of baked goods in colonial America were made possible by men and women who understood the art of baking in a clay oven. With the arrival of freshly milled flour, Martin's baker will fire the oven and welcome travelers to join her as she prepares a welcome delicacy. Begins at 7 p.m.
"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