And now the fort has even more to offer with the addition of Rebecca Nobile, who serves as the event coordinator for inside the fort.
According to Nobile, she became the new event coordinator in May prior to the annual Siege of Fort Randolph event. Although Nobile is not from the Point Pleasant area, she has been at the fort nearly every weekend since she accepted the event coordinator position.
Prior to coming to Fort Randolph, Nobile worked as a curator at the Our House Museum in Gallipolis, Ohio. She came to know about the fort after working with Barb Kemper, who is a member of the Fort Randolph Committee. In addition to serving as event coordinator, Nobile also re-enacts at the fort, and portrays her character, Mrs. Agatha Frogg. Nobile’s daughter, Fara, also re-enacts by portraying Frogg’s daughter, Elizabeth.
According to Nobile, she has enjoyed working at Fort Randolph this summer and described meeting new people as the most interesting part of being the fort’s event coordinator.
“I would say the most interesting thing is the different people that I meet because you would be surprised at the ones that come in from Florida, California and New York to see Fort Randolph, which I think is neat,” Nobile said.
However, the actually planning of events is what Nobile described as her favorite part of working with the fort.
“My favorite thing is the coordinating part. I like to plan the events,” she said.
Nobile added that she did help with some of the fort’s summer events, but that the first event she has planned herself is a Ladies Tea, which is slated for Oct. 10 at the fort. According to Nobile, food will be served and a guest speaker will be in attendance. In addition to the tea, she described her plans to expand the fort’s services further by offering colonial weddings and teas for younger girls.
With the colonial weddings, Nobile said that she can make both the cake and flowers for the special day. She described the weddings as an opportunity for couples to do something different, and stressed that they are now offered at the fort.
“No one knows that we do (the colonial weddings) at the fort because it was never offered until now,” Nobile said.
In addition, she also is working to help plan the fort’s All Hallows Eve and Harvest Fest event. According to Nobile, the event will feature some new activities this year, including a bonfire for children.
Although Nobile has only been involved with Fort Randolph for a few short months, she said that she has already made several great memories, and attributed the Eastern Woodland Indian weekend as her fondest memory of the fort.
“Everyone got together and we cooked and ate together. The (event) was wonderful, and everyone welcomed me with open arms — it’s like I’ve been here forever. They’ve been so wonderful, helpful and really accepted me. I have really enjoyed being (at Fort Randolph),” she said.
Nobile also said that working at the fort has enabled her to learn a new period of re-enacting, as this year is the first time that she has done Revolutionary War re-enactments.
“I started re-enacting the Civil War time period in 1995-1996... The Revolutionary War re-enacting is a whole different ball game — the dresses are different and the history is different,” she said. “With the Civil War it is more cut and dry, but the Revolutionary War was about tea and land and everything coming and going. The history of the Revolutionary War is deeper and not so cut and dry — there is a lot more to it.”
Nobile also said that her love of history makes her job at the fort exciting.
“I love being in the fort because you can actually go back in time here to a time when life was hard, but simple,” she said.
She described her goal as bringing even more tourists to Fort Randolph as well as having more living history events.
“I’d like to see more tourists come to Point Pleasant. As long as you have tourism, you have people shopping in your grocery stores and craft markets — people will spend money in town,” she said. “My main goal at the fort is to be able to have enough volunteers to have a living history at least twice a month because right now on the weekends I’m here and sometimes the blacksmith, but that’s it. I’d like to see the fort be like Colonial Williamsburg, and to have some demonstrations of making soap, candles and woodworking; but it takes volunteers.”
Nobile’s other goals for Fort Randolph include getting the colonial weddings up and running as well as offering a little colonial girl and boy day camp next summer.
As she emphasized the importance of history, Nobile encouraged others to learn their own history.
“It’s always good to know your history, even if its your family history, and the reason is for past and future generations,” she said.
This is certainly one piece of advice that Nobile has applied to her own life as she continues to embrace history and help others learn by working at Fort Randolph.
Nobile is available at the fort 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information on colonial teas or birthday parties, call Nobile at 740-418-5913 or Kemper at 740-339-0791.
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Name: Rebecca Nobile
Hometown: Wellston, Ohio
Family: husband, Steven; and two daughters, Fara McCarty and Kayla McCarty
Hobbies: reenacting and sewing