Fort Randolph opening on regular basis
by Nathan Jeffers
POINT PLEASANT — One of the most popular tourist attractions in town is Fort Randolph, and now out of town visitors, as well as longtime local residents, will be able to stop by more often.
It was reported that Fort Randolph will now be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. According to Mason County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Denny Bellamy, beforehand Fort Randolph was only open around the beginning of the month, during which time there is normally a specially scheduled event. It was also opened for other special events, such as tours for visiting American Queen passengers, as well as other specially booked events.
During these new days at Fort Randolph, it will mainly be opened for tours, according to Bellamy. Bellamy continued, saying all the buildings around the fort are furnished and those visiting will get to learn how those back in the 1700’s lived.
“It’s a great tour,” Bellamy said. He continued, saying when local officials have been on tours, they are always shocked by how nice it actually is.
Out of all the special events, the biggest event of the year is the re-enactment of the Siege of Fort Randolph in May. Bellamy stated the events on the first weekend of every month usually always involve re-enactors and it is during these events when visitors will get to experience in full how people lived back then, including different cooking techniques and firing old weapons.
Other monthly events include the Eastern Woodland Gathering, the Annual Trade Fair and Re-enactor workshop in June, Liberty Saturday in July, the Land Grabbers and Longhunters on Aug. 4, the Militia Muster on Sept. 1, Battle Days from Oct. 5-7, Harvest Fest/All Hallows Eve on Oct. 27, and Christmas on the Frontier on Dec. 1.
Although Fort Randolph is a local tourist attraction, Bellamy stated there are still many local people who have never actually been inside. During the special events, Bellamy said many of the attendees are from out of town. Regular local visitors often include local children’s groups such as scout groups and 4-H clubs who hold events at the fort and with fantasies of playing in forts, children often love the idea of going to a real fort and possibly camping out.
For more information on visiting Fort Randolph, and setting up special events there, visit www.fortrandolph.org.
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