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.

Amphitheater Improvement Fund
Thank you to all individual donors and the following
funding agencies for financial support of this project:
West Virginia Division of Culture and History,
and the National Endowment for the Arts,
with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts
The Dominion Foundation
The Hott Memorial Foundation
The Brown Family Foundation
Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust
West Virginia State Parks Foundation
Governor's Community Partnership Grant
Marion County Commission
City of Pleasant Valley
Town of White Hall
Chesapeake Energy



Whispers in the Wind


May 24-25, 2015



     Hear the voices of those who lived and died on the frontier through a historically based performance written by FSU students under Dr. Fran Kirk's direction. This origianl work will be performed by actos from Town and Gown Theatre Co. Attendees will begin by gathering at the park's Visitor Center parking lot and will be guided on a walking path to the cemetery for the one-hour production. There will be seats provided in the cemetery but walking is required. Tickets are $4 per person and seating is limited to 60 per show.


Plant Sale

 May 16, 2015



     Heirloom Plant Sale will be at Pricketts Fort on Saturday, May 16, from 10am to 4pm at the Visitor Center. There will be a variety of vegetables and flowers from the early days of gardening. This program is provided by the Marion County Master Gardeners and all proceeds go to maintaining the gardens at Prickett's Fort State Park. Free and open to the public.


Plants available: Brandywine Tomatoes, Cherokee purple tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, watermelon, peppers, Marigolds, Zinnias, Four O'Clocks, pansies, calendula and more. All would have been available in the 1800's or before.







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