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Siege of Fort Randolph re-enactment set

May. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The weekend of May 17, the 11th annual Siege of Fort Randolph encampment and re-enactment will take place at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

The fort will host the three-day 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. This re-enactment is at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and is the only event of the weekend that requires payment for entrance ($3 admission, children ages 6 and under admitted free).

Here is a schedule of events:

Friday, May 17

9 a.m. -- Gates open

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- School tours

5 p.m. -- Gates close

Saturday, May 18

9 a.m. -- Gates open

Fort and Indian Village

10 a.m. to noon -- Life skills demonstrations

10 a.m. -- Flag presentation

12:30 p.m. -- Indian blanket trade

1 p.m. -- Magistrate Court

2 p.m. -- "Siege of Fort Randolph" outdoor drama

4 p.m. -- Auction

5 p.m. -- Gates close

Sunday, May 19

9 a.m. -- Gates open

10 a.m. -- Church services

2 p.m. -- Break camp

Gates closed

For more information, visit http://www.fortrandolph.org or contact Craig Hesson at 304-675-7933 or chesson1774@suddenlink.net. The Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-675-6788 or http://www.masoncountytourism.org.