"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.
Imagine yourself living at a colonial fort located beyond the fringes of Virginia's frontier. There is nothing for miles, only a vast wilderness with danger lurking behind the shadows. For a select few that have already registered, this will become reality as they are immersed into the life of a backwoods settler living at Captain Martin's station in 1775. This program is designed to take living history and experimental archaeology to a new level by giving paying participants a very real 18th century experience. This is a first come first serve fee based program. If you are interested in participation, please call the park office for more information. General public visitation is welcome from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. *Please note, registration has closed.
While many patriots drew their swords and fought others dipped their quills in ink and fought with lyrics and music. Have you ever wondered about the origin of great American songs like The Star Spangled Banner and My Country Tis of Thee? Join the Sons of Liberty at Captain Martin's station for an evening of stirring patriotic music from the Revolutionary War. Begins at 6 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