"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!
Witness history come alive as more than 300 living historians re-enact life at Joseph Martin’s frontier fort. Watch as two cultures clash and the flames of war are once again ignited on Virginia’s frontier. Activities include tours of Cherokee Warrior and Colonial Militia camps, frontier fort life, and 18th century merchants and colonial traders selling their wares. Frontier battles between natives and the settlers highlight the event at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. War is imminent. * Admission $10 per vehicle, $4 on Sunday.
Men, women and children living on the fringes of Virginia’s frontier faced danger on a daily basis. The risk of being wounded was great and the slightest cut or burn could easily lead to death. The knowledge of medical treatment was invaluable but often scarce. Captain Martin’s company surgeon has arrived at the station to evaluate the men and share his knowledge of health and healing.
The presence of war was an ever growing factor in the early years of westward migration. Join us for a better understanding of the weapons, skills, and techniques used by Native Warriors in their struggle against settlers moving into Kentucky. *Program presentation 7:00 pm in the native camp.
"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