The Friends of Wilderness Road State Park is a non-profit organization of private citizens, businesses, civic groups and students, all of whom are dedicated to the continuing growth and development of Wilderness Road State Park. We provide assistance to the park and its staff by supplying funds, materials and labor for park projects, including development of park facilities, programs and special events. We seek funding from state and local government, and we accept contributions from foundations, businesses and individuals.
One of our special fund-raising events is the Wilderness Road Heritage Festival, held annually on the second Saturday of October. We also sponsor the park's most popular living history program, the Raid at Martin's Station, as well as its most popular holiday event, Pumpkins in the Park, a Halloween celebration. We also assist the park with other programs and events such as Easter at Karlan, the Mystery Dinner Theatre, the Candlelight Ghost Tour and Karlan Country ChristmasFest!
We invite you to become a "Friend" and join us in making this park and its facilities a living part of our regional history, as well as a major attraction at the National level. We currently meet the third Monday each month at 6 p.m. in the Visitor Center. Please join us!
To join our friends group, please click on the icon link above, print out the .PDF file and either mail or email it to us with your membership fee.
"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