Saturday, June 23, 2012

Interested in the Colonial History of the Appalachian Backcountry. Prickett's Fort


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DSC_0343 Here is a link to a blog post by John Boback, Ph.D. of Morgantown, West Virginia CLICK for the real low down. The following images are of the reconstructed Memorial Fort etc.


“All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.”Daniel Boone ( I wonder if in that order )

“Perched on a small rise overlooking the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River, this rustic log fort is a re-creation of the original Prickett's Fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. Built in 1976 by the Prickett's Fort Memorial Foundation, the "new" fort serves as a living history site where interpreters recreate late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts.” READ MORE


Job Prickett House..”The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains antiques originally used by the Prickett family.”


Just signed up at the welcome center for the next tour of the fort and Job Prickett house.


You will find historical interpreters dressed in 18th century frontier clothing and involved in activities which would have been found on the Virginia frontier at the time. I believe that is Judy Wilson standing in the doorway. Judy demonstrates various women's skills particularly textiles. She raises her own fiber producing animals on her farm which she uses for spinning, weaving and dyeing.


One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought. Daniel Boone



The Memorial Fort measures about 110 feet square and features a two storey blockhouse on each of the four corners.


“I wouldn't give a tinker's damn for a man who isn't sometimes afraid. Fear's the spice that makes it interesting to go ahead.” D.B.


“This is a place you should visit if the Lord is willin' and the creek don't rise.” J.T.




Some mint from the herb garden.


At this table..“Welcome, stranger, light and hitch,” is the salutation, and the stranger is bidden to take “damn near all” of whatever the table offers.


DSC_0388DSC_0390 Thanks for stopping by. WILD AND WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA


Tammy said...

Thanks for the great pics. I have to admit I live only about an hrs drive form there. Been by the area several times, but have never been there. Now I know I want to stop.

Snowbrush said...

Gosh, Joe, old buddy, I envy you the history of your area. Native Americans were in Oregon 14,000 years ago, but they left little record, and the people who do live records only started settling here in any numbers in the mid-1800s.

NatureStop said...

Greetings from Oman!!
Great post and lovely images.Have a great sunday!


Min fotogen said...

Great pictures from The memorial Fort!
Very interesting story !

Anonymous said...

What wonderful old buildings! Lovely shots.

TONY LETTS said...

There's so much history in your neck of the woods!

Powell River Books said...

It's interesting to see how life was when things weren't quite so hectic, and Internet and TV didn't consume our lives. - Margy

Black Jack's Carol said...

I have gained a new interest in history (finally, at 65) and really enjoyed this post. The Memorial Fort photos brought your visit right to my "doorstep" and I loved the Daniel Boone quotes. Funny how his name has been in my consciousness since I was a kid, but these words made me see him as a person.

A Colorful World said...

What an amazing re-created place of early history! I would love to go there some time! Wonderful photos! LOVE the weaving loom. So much great history there!

Unknown said...

I am a proud descendant of the Prickett's, and recently visited the fort. I am amazed at the history hear, and beauty of it.

Amanda Ross