Prickett’s Fort State Park
Fairmont, WV 26554
State Park: Bike, Birding, Fish, Hike, Picnic, RV, Walk, Water Sports
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. Built in the 1976 by the Prickett’s Fort Memorial Foundation, the “new” fort serves as a living history site whre interpreters recreate late-18th century lifestyle through period attire and the demonstration of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans oat work, and a gunshop which features the only public demonstrations of 18thg century firearm manufacture in the state.