POINT PLEASANT — Fort Randolph will be opening for the season this weekend and to help kick off its summer season, The Siege of Fort Randolph event will be taking place May 17-18.
The doors of the Fort will open on Friday at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for the school tours.
On the following day, beginning at 9 a.m., the Fort will open to the public until 5 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, demonstrations about frontier life skills in the Fort and nearby Indian Village will be demonstrated. Visitors at the Fort will be able to mingle with the reenactors. The reenactors will be in authentic clothing with real props, and live in the same way frontiersman did in the 1700’s. The reenactors will remain in character all day long.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., the popular event of the weekend “The Siege of Fort Randolph: The Death of Cornstalk” will take place which portrays the historical death of Cornstalk which took place after the Battle of Point Pleasant. The outdoor drama goes in and out of the fort, spectators move with the action.
Several other activities will be happening throughout the day Saturday as well, so visitors will never have a dull moment. The store will be open and refreshments including hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available for purchase at a specified donation.
The complete itinerary of the weekend’s events are as follows: On Friday, May 17, school tours will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, the fort will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., various demonstrations will take place; 10 a.m., flag exchange; 11 a.m., Fort welcome, a few awards will be given to contributing members, Native American trade, and other various skits; 2 p.m., outdoor drama “The Siege of Fort Randolph”(the murder of Chief Cornstalk is part of this drama); 3 p.m., running of the Gauntlet in the Indian village; 4 p.m., auction is open to the public and money from the auction goes to help support the fort; 5 p.m., Fort gates are closed to the public.
Regular Fort hours for this year are Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the Fort is free with the exception of the Saturday of the Siege. The Fort will be open to the public on weekends from May 17-Labor Day weekend.
Events scheduled at the Fort for the rest of the year are as follows: June 28-30, Liberty Days will take place. The City of Point Pleasant will be showing “The Patriot” on their outdoor screen on June 29 with showtime beginning around 10 p.m.
July 4, the Fort will be open during the day, but closing time will be earlier due to festivities on Main Street. The hours for the Fort will be announced at a later date.
Sept. 21, the fort will be open during the Mothman Festival.
Oct. 26, Harvest Fest and Tales in the Tavern will be held from 4-8 p.m., with Tales in the Tavern taking place from 7-8 p.m.
Dec. 7, Christmas on the Frontier will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.