"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!
During the 18th century, skills and labor were taught and conducted under apprenticeships by master craftsmen. This technique was invaluable to those lucky enough to become apprentices, and to a labor force supporting a new nation. Bear witness to the men of Martin's Station as they demonstrate and explain their crafts. Special program presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For centuries the scythe has been a staple in the hands of European and American farmers. Observe noted historian Bill Maddox at Martin's Station as he demonstrates the proper use of this and other 18th century harvest and reaping tools. Special program presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 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.
"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