Pricketts Fort State Park

88 State Park Road
Fairmont, WV - 26554

Type: Parks
(304) 363-3030
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Pricketts Fort State Park, nestled in the rolling hills of Marion County, West Virginia, is a living history museum that transports visitors back to the late 18th century. The centerpiece of the park is Pricketts Fort, a reconstructed colonial-era fort that served as a vital outpost on the western frontier during the late 1700s.

Constructed in the 1970s using historical records and archaeological evidence, the fort faithfully recreates the original structure, offering visitors a glimpse into life on the frontier. Costumed interpreters populate the fort, portraying the daily activities and crafts of the settlers who once lived there. Visitors can explore the fort's barracks, blacksmith shops, and other period buildings, gaining insight into the challenges and hardships faced by early pioneers.

In addition to the fort itself, Pricketts Fort State Park offers a range of outdoor recreational opportunities. The park boasts scenic hiking trails that wind through wooded areas and along the banks of Pricketts Creek, providing opportunities for nature enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the Appalachian landscape. Picnic areas and shelters are available for visitors to relax and enjoy a meal amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Throughout the year, Pricketts Fort State Park hosts various events and programs that bring history to life. From reenactments and living history demonstrations to craft fairs and music festivals, there's always something happening at the park. These events offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and experiences of colonial frontier life.

Pricketts Fort State Park operates year-round, though the fort itself is typically open seasonally from spring through fall. Whether you're interested in history, outdoor recreation, or simply enjoying the natural beauty of West Virginia, Pricketts Fort State Park offers a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

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