Thank you for visiting Historic Martin's Station, Living History at it's Best!

"What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream!" - T.K. Whipple

Welcome to Historic Martin's Station

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! 

Upcoming Programs and Events

Oct 9-11: Fall Encampment

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.

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Nov 14-15: Rangers and Raiders of the Powell's River Valley

At the onset of the Revolutionary War, it was vital to send men into the wilderness to gather information and protect outlying settlements. Captain Martin will discuss being a ranger on Virginia's western frontier. Special program presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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December 11: A Frontier Christmas

This is a festive, yuletide celebration of music and caroling as the Christmas spirit illuminates the Virginia frontier. Enjoy a candlelit tour of Historic Martin's Station at the height of the season. Take part in the historic festivities or just sit back and enjoy a warm fire in a settler's cozy cabin. Except for the parking fee, it's all free.

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"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