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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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  • Great visit (our family descended from there). Workers VERY knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Fantastic experience!  more »
  • My wife and I make a annual trip to Pricketts Fort every year. Love the history behind the Fort and learning from the folks participating. Always clean and fun to visit. We will keep returning each ye...  more »
  • We took a nice trip to Pricketts Fort. It was very interesting. Make sure you take the informational tour of the house. Unfortunately I didn't catch the name of the woman giving the tour, but she did ...  more »
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  • Took some homeschool students there where they were able to witness life as it was in pioneer days. They especially enjoyed the blacksmith shop. I highly recommend the fort for visitors of all ages!
  • 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.
  • Great experience! Excellent actors and learned a lot of them. Hats off to the blacksmith as well, Israel, that explained the whole process. Worth the trip!
  • Nice place with a good rail trail for running, biking, or walking
  • Well run, instructive and fun.

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