POINT PLEASANT — The 30th annual Siege of Fort Randolph encampment and re-enactment returns next weekend to Krodel Park, with events planned May 20-22.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, tours of the fort will be available, with tours for school children ending that day at 2 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, May 21, Fort Randolph and Indian Village will open at 9 a.m. There will be life skills demonstrations until noon, a flag-raising at 10 a.m. and magistrate court at 12:30 p.m.
The Siege of Fort Randolph outdoor drama will begin at 2 p.m. that day with an admission fee of $3, while children under 6 can attend for free.
The fort will host the event revolving around a military siege intended to begin the return of land back to the Shawnee Nation, and the circumstances leading to it. The main event features the re-enactment of Chief Cornstalk’s fateful visit to Fort Randolph in the fall of 1777, and the subsequent siege placed upon the fort in 1778 in which a war party of more than 200 Shawnee warriors formed a line stretching from the Ohio to the Kanawha Rivers. Running the Gauntlet is at 3 p.m. and an auction of items donated by the re-enactors will occur at 4 p.m. Gates will close at 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the gates will open at 9 a.m. and a church service will be held at 10 a.m. at the fort. The Brigade of the American Revolution will be at the fort on Sunday. The Brigade is a living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, 1775-1783. Members represent elements of all the armies then involved: Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish and Native American forces plus civilian men, women and children. Gates close at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Organizers say this will be a “fun-filled weekend” allowing visitors to explore the reasons behind the skirmish at the fort and learn more about local history.
The siege is basically the opening weekend at the fort which plans events throughout the summer, into fall and into December.
Upcoming events include:
Oct. 7-9, Battle Days Encampment at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; Oct. 28-30, Harvest Fest and All Hallows Eve Encampment at Fort Randolph; Dec. 3, Fort Randolph’s Christmas on the Frontier.
Summer seminars starting on June 11, including those on knife making, uses for native herbs/plants and more will be offered at the fort at various times. Registration forms for seminars will be available on site at the Siege and also 21st century style (online) at: https://sites.google.com/site/fortrandolphpointpleasant/home.
For more information visit: www.fortrandolph.org/index_files/siege.htm or contact Craig Hesson at (304) 675-7933, or [email protected]
The Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (304) 675- 6788 or www.masoncountytourism.org/index.html is also available to provide information about the Siege.