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Pricket's Fort State Park

Prickett's Fort State Park is a 22-acre 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


Route 3
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 363-3030

Elevation 971 feet

Perched on a small rise overlooking the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River, this rustic log fort is a re-creation of the original Prickett's Fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia.

Online at: www.prickettsfortstatepark.com

 


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West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulIn 1976, the Prickett's Fort Memorial Foundation built by the living history "new" fort where interpreters recreate late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts. During your visit, you will find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.

The fort covers a 100 by 100 foot square, with 12-foot-high log walls and blockhouses at each corner. Lining the weathered stockade walls are 16 tiny cabins, some with earthen floors. A meetinghouse and a storehouse fill the common. Back in the 18th Century, when the threat of Native American uprisings occurred, up to 80 families from the surrounding countryside would hurry to the fort. They would stay as long as the threat existed, from days to weeks.

These early settlers tolerated "forting up" because life in the cramped quarters could be unpleasant. Such sacrifices were necessary for survival on the dangerous frontier of the late 1700s. Today's fort, just north of Fairmont, still portrays that life and time.

Scenic, pastoral Prickett's Fort State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities to visitors. Picnic tables are available and various concerts and performing arts are presented in a 400-seat amphitheater during the summer.

All can enjoy Prickett's Creek and Bay and the Monongahela River with boating facilities including a launch ramp and trailer parking. Fish are plentiful and bass tournaments are held in season. For hiking enthusiasts, the Prickett's Fort Nature Trail has 25 interpretive stations to help introduce guests to the flora and fauna of north central West Virginia.

A Guide to the Prickett's Fort Nature Trail, developed by Fairmont State College, is available to assist interested hikers. Additional hiking is afforded by the MC Trail, a converted rails to trails for walkers, joggers and cyclists, that stretches three miles from the park to Fairmont.

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