POINT PLEASANT — Christmas on the Frontier was recently held at Fort Randolph in Krodel Park.
The Christmas event allows the public to see the fort and experience some Christmas customs and talk with reenactors.
Fort Randolph is a historically accurate reproduction of the original fort from the American Revolutionary War. According to information provided by The Fort Randolph Committee, the fort was used from 1776-1779 as an outpost for the colonies and to prevent attacks from the British and their Native American allies. Fort Randolph was eventually burned to the ground by Native Americans.
The original fort stood where the downtown area of Point Pleasant is now. At Krodel Park, the replica was built in 1974 and displays buildings and cabins. There are two blockhouses, which were used as a secure place to defend the fort from an attack. Several cabins are available for viewing to see what living quarters were like on the fort. The fort also houses a blacksmith shop and woodworking cabin. An underground powder magazine is in the middle of the fort and was used to store gunpowder — keeping it and the fort safe. The committee also has a trading post and a building with modern amenities.
Fort Randolph is open every weekend from the third weekend in May through Labor Day. The committee hosts several events throughout the year, including the Siege of Fort Randolph, which is where Chief Cornstalk is killed.
Kayla Hawthorne is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.