As one of West Virginia's most unique living history museums, Pricketts Fort invites visitors to relive the pioneering spirit of Captain Jacob Prickett and his family.

Travel back in time through the life of the Pricketts...and experience survival on the dangerous frontier of the late 1700's. Learn how these western Virginia settlers co-existed with the native American Indians, watch as costumed interpreters demonstrate the leisure, trade and domestic activities of the past, and witness the evolution of an increasingly civilized lifestyle over an 85-year period.

Prickett's Fort State Park uses a living history style of interpretation to preserve, document and exhibit the past. It features an 18th century recreation of the original Pricketts Fort which provided a place of refuge from Indian attack. In addition, guests enjoy visiting the original 19th century Job Prickett House, Prickett Cemetery, Visitor Center, and Museum Gift Shop.

The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is a non-profit historical organization responsible for the historical and educational programs available at the park. In addition to the historic attractions, the park also offers recreational opportunities for individuals and families including a boat launch, nature trail, bike trail access, picnic areas, and outdoor amphitheater.

Help Pricketts Fort 

Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary

Throughout the 2016 Season





KRF Rifle Exhibit

March 30 to

October 31, 2016



     Pricketts Fort is honored to be the host site of this unique exhibit compiled by the (KRF) Kentucky Rifle Foundation. This exhibit is for the scholar as well as the enthusiast of fine original weapons. This exhibit of West Virginia made rifles will have you visiting Pricketts Fort over and over again throughout the summer. 

     The exhibit is in the museum gallery in the Visitor Center and is FREE and open to the public.




18th century Firearms and

Accoutrements Show


February 26-28, 2016


     Come join us for a fun and educational buying experience from some of the best craftsmen in WV, VA, PA, OH and New York. From the 18th century reenactor to the serious collector, there will be something for everyone. Visitor Center.  $3 admission at the door.


Hours: Friday 1pm to 6pm

          Saturday 9am to 5pm

          Sunday 9am to 3pm




Historic Arts Workshops for March


March 19 Fly Fishing with Jack Bell


Saturday 10am to 3pm, Learn the fundamentals of fly casting, equipment selection, and basic knots in this one day class. Come out and learn the basics of fly fishing from one of the top fly fishermen in West Virginia, Jack Bell. Visitor Center.  PFMF Members $85, Non-Members $95

register online in the shop or call the office to register at



March 19 Bird House


Saturday 9am to 1pm, bring the kids out and have them make their very own bird house. Pricketts Fort is teaming up with Ducks Unlimited to offer this workshop FREE of charge to all children who would like to make a bird house. Child must be accomapanied by an adult. Limit one bird house per child.

Register online in shop or call the office to register at 304-363-3030.




School of the


March 31 - April 3, 2016


An intense weekend of instruction exploring the role of early frontiersmen on the American frontier. Speakers will focus on the frontier skills of the longhunter. Space is limited and registration is required.






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PRICKETTS FORT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION • 88 State Park Road • FAIRMONT, WV 26554 • 304.363.3030