"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!
Immerse yourself into autumn in 18th-century Virginia as folk gather at Historic Martin's Station for a frontier harvest. Visit an 18th century market fair and meet historical figures and skilled colonial tradesmen. Experience life as it was on Virginia's frontier. Admission is $10 per vehicle.
The park joins the students and faculty of Elydale Elementary in a partnership to remember all our veterans featuring speeches by veterans in the community.
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)
"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