POINT PLEASANT — The local community is preparing for the Siege of Fort Randolph, which will include an outdoor drama and other events, planned for this Friday-Sunday at Krodel Park.
Denny Bellamy is the Mason Country Tourism director, and is excited for this weekend’s reenactment.
“There will be a lot going on,” he said. “Reenactors, displays, vendors.”
Preparations for the siege have been going on for some time now, cleaning out the fort, doing maintenance, and preparing the Indian village. The fort will be open Friday, with student tours from the l0cal schools going on. On Saturday, the fort will open at 10 a.m. with true authentic reenactors.
“These guys will not break character all day. When you talk to a man dressed as a frontiersman, your are talking to a time correct frontiersman,” said Bellamy.
The staging of the siege will occur at 2 p.m. on Saturday with a small fee to enter. The fort will remain open Saturday through dinner time, and will reopen Sunday morning for church services, closing around noon.
According to Bellamy, much of what is going on will be interactive: “We will also have extra clothes on site for anyone that wants to participate, just ask any volunteer.”
The fort will be open through the summer beginning on Memorial Day weekend. Hours are Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every weekend. Various seminars are planned, and the Harvest Festival is in the works for later in the year. Anyone who is interested in learning more should visit fortrandolph.weebly.com.
A complete itinerary for this weekend’s events regarding the siege is as follows: Friday, May 19, school tours 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 20, demonstrations and frontier life skills in fort and nearby Indian village, 9 a.m. to noon, trade blanket shopping, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., flag raising, 10 a.m., magistrate court, 12:30 p.m.; “The Siege of Fort Randolph, The Death of Cornstalk” outdoor drama at 2 p.m., admission fee for drama $3, children under 6 free; running the gauntlet at the Indian village, 3 p.m., auction at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 21, gates open at 9 a.m., church service, 10 a.m., gates close 2 p.m.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or firstname.lastname@example.org