Photos by Ed Lowe
• The 31st annual Siege of Fort Randolph encampment and re-enactment takes place May 19-21 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
• The event revolves 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.
• The re-enactment takes place 2 p.m. Saturday.
• The siege allows visitors to explore the reasons behind the skirmish at the fort and learn more about local history.
• The three-day event is held annually the third weekend of May.
• There were more than 200 guests and 50 re-enactors in the 2016 siege, according to the July/August 2016 Fort Randolph Dispatch.
• Visit fortrandolph.weebly.com or facebook.com/fortrandolph.
2017 Fort Randolph Events
April 22: Ladies’ Hat/Accessories Seminar, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 19-21: Siege of Fort Randolph
June 10: Going “Colonial,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for individuals interested in re-enacting or wanting to develop their persona
July 8: Children’s “Liberty Day,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Frontier day for children up to 10 years old
Aug. 12: Hearthside Baking, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sept. 16: Open to the public during the Mothman Festival
Oct. 7: Battle Days, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
Oct. 28: Harvest Fest/Tales in the Tavern, 4-8 p.m.
Dec. 2: Christmas on the Frontier, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.