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Take a trip back in time this weekend

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

If you missed the Way Back Weekend last week at Heritage Farm, you can still hit that way back button this weekend at several area pioneer re-enacting events that are always a great fun and educational day trip with the family.

First off, Thadd McClung, who was the weapons expert on the Hatfields and McCoys History Channel documentary, and a slew of his friends are putting on the Heritage Days at Middle Creek Station, which is a pioneer fort and encampment built off of Merritts Creek Road outside of Hamlin, W.Va.

The Station (located at 67 Tiki Lane, Griffithsville, WV 25521) will host Heritage Days Friday and Saturday with nearly 20 pioneer and Civil War re-enacting stations including spinning, tomahawk demo, a gun museum, long trader fur trade, colonial toys, soak making, cannons, a trading post (by Reddog Monroe), 18th Century small boat construction and much more.

You can find out more info, at the Middlecreek Station Facebook page.

Also, just south of Huntington, Beech Fork State Park will host The Legacy of Mary Ingles encampment, an 18th Century living history weekend that runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 12-15.

Enjoy demonstrations and the portrayal of life in 1755 that Mary Ingles lived and encountered. The weekend is presented by the Mary Ingles Trails Association, a volunteer organization.

Re-enactors focus on the importance of trade, animal care, spinning and weaving, music, salt making, edible native plants, and medicinal native plants as early healthcare, finger weaving, blacksmithing, candle making, lye soap making, hunting skills, tomahawk throwing, plant dyes, toys and games, wood working, hide tanning, Indian pictographs, women's and men's roles, and frontier cooking and foods. Demonstrations are based on the availability of individual interpreters. Camps are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and then noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Some unique aspects to the weekend include a demonstration of Cricket! "Play Ball" 18th Century Style is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and is open to the public. The 18th Century cricket games are presented by Tom Melville, an American cricket player and historian.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, award-winning storyteller, songwriter and instrumentalist, Pete Kosky will present a program called, "A Century Worth of Music."

There will also be an English wedding at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by English country dances.

And there will be a pioneer church service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Learn more about Beech Fork State Park at www.beechforksp.com or call 304-528-5794.

Over in Eastern Kentucky, Olive Hill Heritage Trail Ride leaves the Olive Hill Depot trailhead, located downtown, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. Horses, mules and wagons are all welcome. Primitive camping is available at no charge at the Depot or at Sellers Field, located 5 miles outside of Olive Hill. Camping with trailer hookups is available at the Carter County Shrine Park for $15.

There will be a Fun Show on Saturday afternoon at the Shrine Park and plenty of festivities taking place downtown. The Depot will feature live music on Friday and Saturday and will have food available Saturday. To learn more about this weekend, or about Olive Hill and all it has to offer as it pursues its designation as an official Kentucky Trail Town, visit www.olive-hill.org.

Last but not least, if you are up for roadtrip and a way back weekend cowboy style, head east to Canaan Valley where you can get a taste of the old west at the annual Frontier Weekend at Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, W.Va.

Enjoy the cowboy music of The Saddle Tramps, a live shootout, an authentic cow camp and chuck wagon, horseback trail rides, a square dance, BBQ cookout, and an appearance by Howard Telego, recent winner of the John Wayne Look Alike and Sound Alike Competition at the Ohio Gene Autry Festival in May. There will also be scenic chair lift rides, mountain biking, tennis, mini golf and much more available.

Go online at www.timberlineresort.com for more info.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia." Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.