"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!
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.
News spreads across Virginia's frontier that on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, approved a Declaration of Independence, severing the colonies' ties to the British Crown. Experience the news of liberty with the men and women at Martin's Station and discuss how the pending war will affect their lives. Special program presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 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