Siege of Fort Randolph annually portrayed in Point Pleasant

Staff report

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.

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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.

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