Historic Martin's Station

at Wilderness Road State Park

2014 Calendar of Events

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* Beginning in May, Martin's Station is open Wednesday through Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm with daily demonstrations depicting life on Virginia's 1775 frontier.

Special Programs 


9-11: Raid at Martin's Station

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. Various seminars on 18th century topics will be conducted by world renowned historians and lecturers. Frontier battles between the natives and the settlers highlight the event at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. War is imminent.

* Fri. 9 am – 5 pm, Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 3 pm : Admission $5 Adults, $1 Child


10-12 : Martin’s Station Fall Encampment

Wilderness Road State Park brings the frontier to life with a weekend of history and adventure. At Historic Martin’s Station, you will be immersed in living history; you will meet historical figures such as Joseph Martin, John Redd and others. Visit an 18th century market fair and meet skilled colonial tradesmen and participate in life as it was on Virginia’s frontier.

* Fri. 9 am – 5 pm, Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 3 pm : Admission $5 Adults, $1 Child


12 : A Frontier Christmas

Join us for a festive, yuletide celebration of music, dancing and caroling as the Christmas spirit illuminates the Virginia frontier. Enjoy a candlelit tour of Historic Martin’s Station at the height of the Yuletide Season. Take part in the historic festivities, or just sit back and enjoy a warm fire in a settler’s cozy cabin.

* Saturday, 5:00 pm (free admission)


Militia Musters  -  Program presentations at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. unless noted.


12-13 : Martin’s Station Militia Muster

Meet the citizen soldiers that protected the settlements on the Virginia frontier. Join the settlers of Martin’s Station as they prepare for the year ahead.


17 : Remembering America’s Patriots

1775 found Virginia in turmoil as we faced the world’s mightiest army. Many thought the colonies had no chance at gaining Independence from King George. Join us as we remember the courage and sacrifice of those who gave all for freedom.


13-15 : Boone Trace Dedication

In honor of Daniel Boone and those who followed his footsteps westward, Wilderness Road State Park, in partnership with the Boone Society, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will host this three day educational event. Join the men and women of Martin’s Station as they prepare for a journey westward into Kentucky.                   

* Special program presentations at 1 pm on Friday; and at 10 am on Saturday


28 : To Catch a Spark

Throughout history fire has been essential to life, and the knowledge to attain it is everlasting. Join us to learn about the tools and the techniques our frontier forefathers used to catch a spark and create fire.


4 : A Declaration of Independence

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. Join the men and women at Martin’s Station as they receive this news of liberty.


12-13 : With Powder and Lead

Firearms were an essential part of life during the colonization of America. They served as a means of supplying food, self protection, and tools of war. Join us as we demonstrate the different arms used by citizens and soldiers during the 18th century.


9 - 10 : Split and Hued

The log cabin became the shelter of choice throughout the colonies. Almost every man needed the skill to use wedges, gluts, and a broad axe for survival. Join Bill Maddox and the folks at Martin’s Station as they demonstrate the tools and techniques used in the construction of a frontier cabin.


1 : The Colonial Gunsmith

Join the settlers of Martin's Station as they discuss and demonstrate various skills and techniques used in a colonial gun shop to create the iconic guns carried by noted men such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.

* Special brass casting demonstration at 1 pm


13 - 14 : Forging a Frontier

Every household  in Colonial America relied upon metal tools to conduct life’s daily task, but where did those tools come from? Join the blacksmith at Martin’s Station and watch as he heats his forge and hammers iron into shape. Watch as he forges the tools needed to settle a new frontier.          


8 - 9 : A Shot of Vengeance

Joseph Martin had two 3 pound Grasshopper cannons on the 1776 Cherokee campaign in which North Carolina and  Virginia Militias raided the Overhill Cherokee towns. Join us as we fire off one of our guns and demonstrate the manner in which artillery was used on Virginia’s frontier.



 Evening Programs  


July 12 : Alarm at Martin’s Station - Attack is imminent. Prepare yourself for a night of danger as a hostile war party approaches Martin’s Station. Will you stand with Captain Martin in defending hearth and home.           

*Program Presentation at 8:30 pm


August 9 : Fire in the Night - As night falls upon Martin’s Station, sit by the fire and listen to stories of danger, courage and adventure on Virginia’s frontier.

*Program presentations at 8:00 pm

September 13 : Mad Anne Bailey -  Following her first husband’s death in the Battle of Point Pleasant in October 1774, Anne donned buckskin leggings under her petticoat, put on her husband’s hunting shirt, and volunteered as a scout, hunter and messenger. With her rifle at hand and hatchet in her belt; she came to be known as “Mad Anne” to some and “The White Squaw of the Kanawha Valley” to others.  Join Suzanne Dennis as she presents a 45 minute first-person characterization of the true story of Mad Anne Bailey; an American heroine.             *Program presentations at 6:30 pm


Junior Pioneers

June 9-13 : Junior Pioneers

Children will experience the life of their frontier forefathers. Daily activities include candle-making, dyeing cloth, and planting an 18th century garden. For ages 6-12.

*Registration is required. Call 276-445-3065 to Register.

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Hours of Operation:
The Park: Monday - Sunday : 8:00am to Dusk 
The Fort: Closed for the season 
Visitor Center: Monday - Sunday : 8:00am to 4:30pm
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