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Wilderness Road State Park hosts 'Raid on Martin's Station'

May 8th, 2014 11:28 pm by Staff Report

Wilderness Road State Park hosts 'Raid on Martin's Station'

EWING — More than 450 re-enactors, merchants, artists and artisans will bring history alive during the "Raid at Martin's Station" Friday through Sunday at Wilderness Road State Park near Ewing in Lee County.

Activities are scheduled 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. There is also a special program at 8:30 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

Visitors can shop at an 18th-century market fair, visit a Cherokee camp, listen to colonial music and tour Historic Martin's Station.

The weekend event will feature re-enacted frontier battles between the militia at Martin's Station and Native Americans tomorrow afternoon and evening.

The re-enacted clashes will begin at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Throughout the three-day event, world-renowned frontier artists such as Daniel Jacobus, Doug Hall, Andrew Knez Jr., Dennis Muzzy and Steve White will sell original works in the park's Visitors Center.

There will also be free seminars on 18th-century topics conducted by Wallace Gusler, Paul Jones 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 Visitors Center theater.

Historic Martin's Station is a recreation of Capt. Joseph Martin's Fort which was originally built in 1775 and located near present-day Rose Hill.

The small enclave played a key role in the settlement of the American frontier and westward expansion during the Revolutionary War.

In 1776, William Martin, son of Capt. Martin, wrote in a letter to Layman C. Draper that Martin's Station "is fifty miles in advance of the frontier, and on the road to Kentucky. In 1776 the great Cherokee war broke out, the Cherokees were then a great and powerful people, and their strength unbroken, living not far from Powell's Valley, they commenced a sudden, devastating war, on the whole frontier border."

Weekend events are sponsored by the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park.

For more information about the event, contact the park at (276) 445-3065 or visit the Friends of Wilderness Road website at www.historicmartinsstation.com.

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