"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!
The colonial frontier wasn't settled by men alone. Stand in awe of the frontier woman and observe the Women of Martin's Station to learn of their life and hardships as they raise their families along the Wilderness Road, and make their new home on the frontier. *Program presentations Saturday 11 a.m. (Women's Quest for Fire) and 3 p.m. (Ladies Tea); Sunday 11 a.m. (Women's Quest for Fire)
Take a journey into the past and visit the homes and hearths of courageous women living in the backwoods of Virginia. Listen as they share their stories of prosperity, hardships and independence as we take a candlelight tour of Martin's Station. Begins at 8 p.m.
The Wilderness Road played a significant role in America's westward migration. During the 18th century thousands of settlers used the road to travel to the promised land of Kentucky in search of a new life. Accompany a small party of settlers on a candlelight tour of the Wilderness Road and share their experiences of the westward journey and, along the way, visit with the residents of Captain Martin's Station, and experience an evening at a frontier fort. Begins at 8 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