"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!
Winters were challenging for those settled on the western frontier. Preparations were necessary to survive long periods without food due to frozen rivers, scarcity of game and lack of provisions. Journey back in time and discover how the men and women of Martin's Station prepared for the harsh and unforgiving winter that lay ahead. *Program presentations Saturday at 11 a.m. (hawg butchering and preservation); 3 p.m. (18th century hunting and fishing) Sunday 11 a.m. (18th century hunting and fishing)
This is a festive, yuletide celebration more than 200 years in the making. Enjoy music and caroling as the Christmas spirit illuminates the Virginia frontier. Experience 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. All part of the park's annual ChristmasFest. Except for the parking fee, it's all free.
"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