More than 450 re-enactors, merchants, artists and artisans bring history to life during Wilderness Road State Park’s annual Raid at Martin's Station, May 11 – 13,2012 sponsored by the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park.
Activities are scheduled; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm. The highlight to the living history event is the exciting frontier battles that take place on Saturday at 1 pm and 8:30 pm. Daily fees are $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-12. Children under six are admitted free.
Cannon fires during the Raid at Martin's Station
Visitors will be able to walk through an 18th century market fair, visit a Cherokee Indian camp, listen to colonial music and take a tour of Historic Martin's Station. This year’s event will also feature the grand prize drawing of the Martin’s Station Rifle Project, a fundraiser established and operated by the Friends of the park. The authentic hand-made Virginia longrifle will be awarded to the lucky ticket holder at 7 pm on Saturday near the gunsmith shop. For more information about the rifle, click here.
Cherokee warriors transport a captive during the battle
On Sunday, Wilderness Road State Park and the characters of Martin’s Station will pay tribute to the mothers of the frontier will a special Mother’s Day program entitled A Mother Then and Now and Always. A complete schedule of events is listed below.
2012 Raid at Martin's Station schedule of events
Historic Martin's Station is Wilderness Road State Park’s re-creation of Captain Joseph Martin's Fort originally built in 1775 near present day Rose Hill, Virginia. It played a key role in the westward expansion and settlement of the American frontier. Wilderness Road State Park is managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.