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Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont

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Prickett's Fort State Park is a 22acre West Virginia state park north of Fairmont, near the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River, and two miles from Interstate 79. The park features a reconstructed refuge fort and commemorates life on the Virginia frontier during the late 18th century.Historic fortHistoric Prickett’s Fort was built to defend early European settlers of what today is West Virginia from raids by hostile Native Americans, a portion of whose territory the settlers appropriated after the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1768). After a band of settlers led by Daniel Greathouse perpetrated the Yellow Creek massacre in 1774, initiating Lord Dunmore's War, all settlers in the Ohio River Valley were in peril from Indian attack.Because there was safety in numbers, the settlers built a number of refuge forts, including one on the homestead of Jacob Prickett. Fairly simple in design, Prickett’s Fort was little more than a hundred-foot-square log palisade built around Prickett’s house. Indians tended to avoid such strong points, preferring to ambush small work parties.When the frontiersmen believed they were in danger of Indian attack, families gathered at such a fortified area, a procedure called “forting up.” In 1774, there were at least a hundred such palisades, blockhouses, and “stations” in the Monongahela Valley, many within a thirty-mile radius of Prickett’s Fort. Perhaps as many as eighty families—several hundred people—gathered at Prickett’s Fort during crisis periods, where they stayed for days or even weeks. Prickett’s Fort was never attacked, although militiamen from the confluence area were killed by Indians elsewhere.
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TripAdvisor
  • The views were beautiful. However, the staff members were not overly friendly. We had a great time exploring and recommend the park to others.  more »
  • We stopped to take a walk feed the ducks and walk around the fort. I love coming here with friends it's very nostalgic. Brings the historic experience to our modern world.  more »
  • There is an excellent "rails to trails" hike available. The fort is fascinating! There is also a body of water with ducks and geese.  more »
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  • Awesome place! It wasn't very busy on the Sunday we went, but loved the tour of the house and the museum was great! There were only 3 actors present, but all were very informative. Would go again.
  • Nice place with a good rail trail for running, biking, or walking
  • Fun and educational, good history lesson
  • Very unique state park well worth a visit if you are in the area. Very knowlagable and friendly employees. Tours of the prickett home beside the fort are only 3 times a day though.
  • Do yourself a favor when you walk thru the fort and talk to the workers... they are the best part with their wealth of knowledge of the times