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History comes alive during Raid at Martin's Station

Staff report • May 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

The original Martin’s Station played a relatively short but significant part in the history of southwestern Virginia and the early settlement of Kentucky.

Historic Martin’s Station is the re-creation of Capt. Joseph Martin’s fort, originally built in 1775 near present-day Rose Hill, Va. The fort was vital to the settlement of the American frontier and westward expansion during the years before and after the American Revolution.

Visitors are invited to slip into the shadows of Virginia’s 1776 wilderness and see and hear history come alive during the Raid at Martin’s Station, set for May 10-12 at Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing, Va. Two cultures will clash and the flames of war once again will be ignited on Virginia’s frontier.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-12. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

More than 450 re-enactors, merchants, artists and artisans will be present.

Activities will include tours of Cherokee warrior and Colonial militia camps, frontier fort life, and 18th-century merchants and Colonial traders selling their wares. Visitors will be able to walk through and shop at an 18th-century market fair, visit a Cherokee Indian camp, listen to Colonial music and tour historic Martin’s Station. The event also features Saturday afternoon and evening raids on Martin’s Station by Native American re-enactors.

There will be a special Sons of the American Revolution historical ceremony and wreath laying at 10 a.m., Saturday.

Wilderness Road State Park will also be hosting an artisan show, which will highlight some of the nation’s premier artisans and their craftsmanship. Renowned frontier artists Daniel Jacobus, Doug Hall, Andrew Knez Jr., Dennis Muzzy and Steve White will sell original works in the visitor center.

There will also be free seminars on 18th-century topics conducted by Wallace Gusler, Nadia Dean and Eve Otmar. The Powder Horn Gift Shop will be open, and the 20-minute film “Wilderness Road, Spirit of a Nation” will be playing in the visitor center theatre. In honor of Mother’s Day, a frontier woman program will be presented at 11 a.m., Sunday.

The highlight of the weekend will be the frontier battles between Cherokee warriors and the settlers of Martin’s Station. The first battle will occur at 1 p.m., Saturday, with the night battle to follow at 8:30 p.m., Saturday.

For more information, call (276) 445-3065, email wildernessroad@dcr.virginia.gov or visit www.historicmartinsstation.com.

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