Pricketts Fort State Park

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Pricketts Fort State Park

West Virginia

(304) 363-3030

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Things To Do

Overview

Perched on a small rise overlooking the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River, this rustic log fort is a re-creation of the original Pricketts Fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. Built in 1976 by the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation, the "new" fort serves as a living history site where interpreters recreate late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.

Map of Pricketts Fort (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.517395, -80.093649

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Activities

  • Boating

    Prickett's Creek and Bay and the Monongahela River have boating facilities including a launch ramp and trailer parking.

  • Bicycling

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Fishing

    Prickett's Creek and Bay and the Monongahela River have boating facilities including a launch ramp and trailer parking. Fish are plentiful and bass tournaments are held in season.

  • Hiking

    For hiking enthusiasts, the Pricketts Fort Nature Trail has 25 interpretive stations to help introduce guests to the flora and fauna of north central West Virginia. A Guide to the Pricketts Fort Nature Trail, developed by Fairmont State College, is available to assist interested hikers. Additional hiking is afforded by the MC Trail, a converted rails to trails for walkers, joggers and cyclists, that stretches three miles from the park to Fairmont.

  • Historic Sites

    The Fort offers a living history display of blacksmithing, etc. Just south of the fort stands the Job Prickett House, built in 1859 by the great grandson of Capt. Jacob Prickett, for whom the fort was named. The difference between the 18th century historical reconstruction and the original 19th century house illustrates the development of an increasingly civilized lifestyle and the availability of mass-produced furnishings through an 85 year span of time. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains santiques originally used by the Prickett family.

    The last day for the tours is October 31st.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are available.

  • RVing

    Contact the park for more information.

Seasonality/Weather

The last day for tours is October 31.

Directions

Driving

Pricketts Fort State Park is two miles from I-79 at Exit 139, north of Fairmont. Follow signs to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 363-3030

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