POINT PLEASANT — Visitors can experience Christmas as celebrated on the colonial frontier this holiday season.
The Fort Randolph Committee will be putting on their final event at Fort Randolph located in Krodel Park this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. Reenactors will be dressed in 18th Century period clothing and will be discussing, as well portraying, Christmas traditions and customs on the frontier.
“The goal of Fort Randolph is to provide visitors with an opportunity to experience West Virginia’s 18th century cultural past,” shared Fort Randolph volunteer, Stephanie Alexander. “In doing so, we hope to facilitate a deeper understanding and appreciation of West Virginia’s rich heritage and its role in American history.”
“We have a great history and if we don’t tell it, who will? We want to pass on our knowledge,” added fellow Fort Randolph volunteer Ed Cromley.
During the colonial era, fort outposts served as protection and defense against Native Americans. Fort Randolph is significant to American and West Virginian history as it served as a safe space for soldiers on the western most border of the frontier.
The replica at Krodel Park was built in 1974 partially funded by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration and is owned by the City of Point Pleasant. In 1992, the non-profit organization Fort Randolph Committee was formed to manage events at the fort. All of the events at Fort Randolph are organized and ran by volunteers. Many of the events are free to public, but donations are welcomed and appreciated.
Fort Randolph has had around 200 visitors so far this year. Visitors have an opportunity before leaving Fort Randolph to purchase 18th Century style items at the gift shop after experiencing an 18th Century lifestyle.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.
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