POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant is said to be where history and rivers meet, and this weekend that history will come alive with the 12th annual Siege of Fort Randolph.
This living history event and outdoor drama takes places at Krodel Park this weekend with the fort, and other educational activities, being free to explore and participate in. The actual re-enactment of the siege takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday and is $3 for admission with children under 6 getting in free.
The fort hosts the event revolving around a military siege intended to begin the return of land back to the Shawnee Nation and the circumstances leading to it. The main event features the re-enactment of Chief Cornstalk’s fateful visit to Fort Randolph in the fall of 1777, and the subsequent siege placed upon the fort in 1778 in which a war party of more than 200 Shawnee warriors formed a line stretching from the Ohio to the Kanawha rivers.
In addition to the actual siege, an itinerary is as follows:
- Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m., gates open to fort and Indian village, flag raising by the Sons of the American Revolution; noon, Indian blanket trade; 1 p.m., Magistrate Court; 2 p.m., Siege of Fort Randolph outdoor drama; 3 p.m., memorial service; 4 p.m. auction; gates close at 5 p.m.
For more information visit www.fortrandolph.org/index_files/siege.htm, contact Craig Hesson at (304) 675-7933, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (304) 675- 6788 or www.masoncountytourism.org is also available to provide information about the Siege.
Organizers hope people will come to the re-enactment, to find out the reasons behind the skirmish and learn more about local history.