POINT PLEASANT — After one of its most successful years, Fort Randolph is poised to add a new addition for the upcoming season.
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Gordon and Mildred Jackson Foundation, a new 12-feet-by-14-feet cabin will be constructed at the fort to showcase the role women played in the history of early America.
Craig Hesson, one of Fort Randolph’s biggest champions, said the new cabin will feature displays on looms, spinning wheels, candle making, etc.
“We really do appreciate getting the grant which will enable us to better share Point Pleasant’s history through demonstrations and other opportunities we have (at the fort),” Hesson said.
The cabin will be constructed as soon as the weather allows and once completed will be open for the upcoming season which begins May 17 with the Siege at Fort Randolph reenactment and encampment.
Hesson said last year, more people than ever before visited the fort which will be open Wednesday-Sunday once the season is under way.
Mario Liberatore, a Board Member of the Jackson Foundation presented Hesson with the $10,000 check on Friday.
“On behalf of the Jackson Foundation, we’re pleased to be able to make this donation,” Liberatore said, explaining the foundation has made millions of dollars in donations to organizations in Mason County and hopes to continue that trend of giving back to the community.
Liberatore referred to Fort Randolph as a “worthwhile project in the county” which the foundation was happy to assist.
The fort had 200 people visit for its most recent event, Christmas on the Frontier. Hesson said the next project on the fort’s wish list is to repair the fort walls and add another cabin.
The Friends of Fort Randolph Foundation also assists in bringing in money to expand fort programs - volunteers and donations are always appreciated. Friends of Fort Randolph offers a single membership of $20 and a family membership for $40 which is good for one year and entitles the holder free admission to any fort events, a copy of the newsletter, medallion and a special night at the fort. Find out more information at http://www.fortrandolph.org or call Barbara Kemper, 740-446-3845, 740-339-0791 or Hesson at 304-675-7933 or 304-674-2141.