Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont
Categories: State Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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.Use our Fairmont holiday planner to add Pricketts Fort State Park and other attractions to your Fairmont vacation plans.
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Perfect day, weather was gorgeous! Volunteers were in period dress and very open, accessable. Knew the history and was very friendly. Toured Job Prickett's home, caught the tail end of soap making dem... read more »
A really interesting and well done site. An interesting story of settlements in the early years of English-American expansion into Indian lands. Lots of banal explanation of crafts- and family life- s... read more »
My daughter and I went to a tea at the old house and it was wonderful. This place is amazing. The staff is so knowledgeable we were so amazed. You can walk around and go inside the building and see ho... read more »
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
Down a winding road several miles off of the interstate is Prickett's Fort State Park. Just when you think you've missed the turn-off and you're lost, there's the parking lot for the Visitor's Center. Prickett's Fort is a wonderful re-creation of a 1774 fort, complete with blockhouses, a trading post with handmade items for sale, meeting house, several living-cabins, tinsmith, and a working blacksmith's shop. Very educational. There's a 2+ mile walking and bike trail that goes off of the upper parking lot, and boat launch area down by the lower parking lot. The Visitor's Center also has a nice gift shop. Highly recommended.
Walk or bike the rail trail and tour the fort. It's a wonderful place to spend some time. Check the website for the schedule of events.
Very pretty park, they have nice events that go on here, country music concerts, etc.
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