Siege at Fort Randolph


Live drama brings history alive

By Morgan McKinniss - mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com



Pictured at top, the shot that killed Chief Cornstalk. At bottom left, American soldiers defending Fort Randolph from attack. Bottom right, the white flag which marked the surrender of the Native Americans.


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POINT PLEASANT — A battle occurred Saturday on the lake shores at Krodel Park.

Fort Randolph held its’ annual reenactment of the Siege of Fort Randolph where each year reenactors gather at the fort in authentic clothing with real props, and live in the same way frontiersman did more than 300 years ago.

The weekend consisted of many activities and reenactors showing how life was lived in those days. Some of the available displays included frontier living, blacksmithing, cooking, music, and more. Some activities were available for participation from guests of the fort, and the gift shop had a wide variety of trinkets that remind of a time gone by.

Saturday afternoon the gates to the fort closed, and the drama ensued. The reenactment of the Siege started at 2 p.m., and covered many details regarding the historic event. Chief Cornstalk, a famous Native American leader in the Western Virginia region at the time, was murdered inside Fort Randolph. The wrongful death of Cornstalk is what instigated the Native American attack at Fort Randolph.

During the weekend, reenactors live the life of the people they are portraying. Many of the frontiersman used real muskets during the drama, filling the air with the smell and smoke of gunpowder. Costumes were authentic, leaving little to the imagination for visitors curious of era-correct garb. Many of the reenactors are local residents, and none broke character.

Fort Randolph holds numerous events through the summer season, to learn more and stay up to date, visit fortrandolph.weebly.com.

Pictured at top, the shot that killed Chief Cornstalk. At bottom left, American soldiers defending Fort Randolph from attack. Bottom right, the white flag which marked the surrender of the Native Americans.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/05/web1_FotorCreated201752215044926.jpgPictured at top, the shot that killed Chief Cornstalk. At bottom left, American soldiers defending Fort Randolph from attack. Bottom right, the white flag which marked the surrender of the Native Americans. Morgan McKinniss/OVP
Live drama brings history alive

By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.