Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation

About Us

The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is an independent, non-profit historical organization dedicated to preserving and chronicling the history of Pricketts Fort. Through shared vision and common effort, Foundation members and the Board of Directors sustain history by providing for educational programs and cultural events that document our rich, local heritage.  

The historical and educational programs presented at Pricketts Fort are planned, conducted and funded by the Foundation. In addition we manage the Visitor Center, historical interpretation program, and all special events under a long-term contract with the state of West Virginia. The Foundation is governed by an elected board of directors of eighteen people, and is a membership-based organization that invites individuals and families to join us through membership.

We also encourage participation in our Pricketts Fort Pride volunteer program. For more information on the variety of fun opportunities for those who would like to "live" their love for history go to Become a Volunteer.

Mission

The purpose of the Foundation is to commemorate the people and events of the Pricketts Fort community during the first century of the American experience. The Foundation seeks to foster an appreciation of the past in anyone, from the curious to the scholar. This will be accomplished through the preservation of buildings and artifacts, educational programming and living history interpretation, and entertainment and recreational opportunities.

Living History Museum

Pricketts Fort is a museum in the sense that it is a collection of materials (including the buildings themselves) from the past that are preserved, documented, exhibited, and interpreted for the public. It is called a living history museum because it utilizes historical interpreters to share the history of the lives of individuals of the two time periods (18th and 19th century) represented at the park. They also represent two cultures that coexisted in the region: the American Indians and the western Virginian settlers. Interpreters use objects from the time period to help them tell their story. In this case, the interpreters speak to the visitor as modern people. They are not "pretending" to be from the past, so visitors can feel free to ask questions and interact with them. Interpreters often are artisans who show visitors how a particular craft was done in the past. At the Fort you might see a blacksmith, a weaver making cloth, or an American Indian.

The creation of the fort as a museum tells an interesting story of grassroots community effort. The Prickett descendents saw the value of their family history. They got other people interested in saving the site and creating the park. The land was donated by the family and then money was raised. The Fort was reconstructed over a period of two years and was completed in 1976. Lots of people were involved in this process. Archaeologists and historians researched the original fort that existed on the site as well as other forts in the area. They used documents, oral history, physical evidence, and scientific techniques such as infrared photography for information. Many specialists were involved in the building process such as carpenters and blacksmiths. Volunteers were involved in collecting authentic materials such as logs that were donated from places across the state. Once the 18th century Fort was reconstructed, the 19th century Job Prickett House was restored. The local group of interested community members became the Friends of Pricketts Fort and Prickett's Fort State Park was created. The State Park takes care of the maintenance of the park itself. The "friends" are now the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation that is responsible for all of the programming and ongoing preservation.

Join the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation:
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(Making History, Living History)

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Board of Directors
Kenton Blackwood (2016) Joe Brock (2015) James Chadwell (2017)
Vince Collins (2015) CHAIR Nancy Corrothers (2015) Jay Ford (2016)
Steve Haynes (2017) Junie Mayle (2015) John Merrifield (2017)
Kimberlee Miller (2017) Karen Morgan (2016) Larry Rector (2015)
Rick Reese (2017) Ray Richardson (2016) Kevin Rogers (2017)
Royal Watts (2015) R. Karl Yagle (2016) Dixie Yann (2016)

The 2012 Board of Directors was elected at the Annual Dinner meeting on November 6, 2011. The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation Board meets on Tuesdays at 6 pm in the Fort Visitor Center and Foundation members are always welcome to attend.

2014 Meeting Dates
January 8
March 12
May 14
July 9
September 10
November 9 Annual Meeting

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Membership
Join us and become a Member today!
Make history happen.

How you help:
•  Demonstrate and share the story of Pricketts Fort
•  Participate in educational programs
•  Share your talent of a unique trade with others
•  Teach Appalachian history
•  Encourage an interest of history in others

How Members benefit:
•  Free admission for you and your guests to the Fort and Job Prickett House
•  10% discount at the museum shop
•  Subscription to our newsletter, The Gate Post
•  Invitation to the Annual Membership Dinner

Foundation Membership Sponsor Levels:

Individual   $25.00
Family   $35.00
Sustaining   $75.00
Associate   $125.00
Founder   $250.00
Benefactor   $500.00
Patron   $1000.00

Join/Renew Now

Other ways you can help:

  • Become a sponsor of one of our unique musical, theatrical or educational events or activities
  • Become a volunteer
  • Give memberships as gifts to friends and family
  • Arrange for a group tour of the Fort for your school, church or organization. Tell your friends about Pricketts Fort

Information on Corporate Membership

Become a corporate member and help the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation share the rich history of our past.

Corporate Membership Benefits:

Red Sponsors - $200
  • Your business name on the "Membership Flag" in the Visitor Center
  • A listing on our website
  • Subscription to our newsletter, The Gate Post
  • Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation Membership certificate to display at your business location
White Sponsors - $600
  • Your business name on the "Membership Flag" in the Visitor Center
  • A listing on our website
  • Subscription to our newsletter, The Gate Post
  • An invitation to a VIP tour of the Fort for up to 30 guests
  • Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation Membership plaque to display at your business location
Blue Sponsors - $1000
  • Your business name on the "Membership Flag" in the Visitor Center
  • A listing on our website
  • Subscription to our newsletter, The Gate Post
  • Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation Membership plaque to display at your business location
  • An invitation to a Corporate Day at the Fort which includes a VIP tour for all of your guests
  • Two tickets to the Annual Membership Dinner

Join the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation

Join/Renew Now

Download our Brochure [pdf]
More About Our Planned Giving Program [pdf]

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Become a Volunteer

Whether you are an avid history buff or have a special talent to share, the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is looking for individuals interested in being part of our volunteer program, Pricketts Fort Pride. As a volunteer you will be part of a dynamic group of dedicated individuals who find their service here both enjoyable and personally gratifying. We have several positions for which we need assistance and will provide specialized training if required.  

Pricketts Fort Pride Volunteer Positions

Collections Care
Work on ongoing inventory, storage and computerization of records for museum collection.

Hours: Flexible based on the volunteer's schedule. Year-round.
Requirements: Attention to detail and ability to work alone.

School Tour Assistant
Assist with school tours by keeping time and facilitating changes of groups through stations.

Hours: Minimum of one day per week. Weekdays as tours are scheduled in the spring and fall.
Requirements: Love of students and ability to work with large groups.

Docent
Travel to schools to conduct outreach programs about history.

Hours:
Occasional weekdays as programs are scheduled. Year-round.
Requirements: Love of teaching, knowledge of history and ability to work diverse groups.

Historic Interpreter
Work within the Fort or Job House as a costumed interpreter.

Hours:
Flexible based on the volunteer's schedule. Weekdays or weekends. Seasonal: April to October.
Requirements: Period clothing and knowledge of 18th and/or 19th century regional history. Ability to speak to a wide variety of people and/or demonstrate a particular activity or craft.

Museum Shop Assistant
Sell merchandise, tickets, and memberships. Answer questions for the public.

Hours:
Minimum of one day per week. Flexible based on the volunteer's schedule. Weekdays or weekends. Seasonal: April to October.
Requirements: Customer service skills and knowledge of regional attractions.

Special Events Assistant
Assist at special events such as concerts and theatrical performances: park cars, run concessions, hand out programs and greet public.

Hours:
Occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
Requirements: Enjoyment of public and events.

Historic Gardener
Assist with ongoing upkeep of the park's historic gardens.

Hours:
Minimum of one day per week. Flexible based on the volunteer's schedule. Weekdays or weekends. Seasonal: April to October.
Requirements: Knowledge of gardening and available tools and ability to work outdoors.

As a non-profit organization, volunteerism is important to our success in creating a unique living history experience for all of our guests. Please join us in a community of support for the educational, historic, and outreach efforts of the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation.  

Contact

Become a Volunteer Today [pdf]

Application [pdf]

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2014 Corporate Members

 

Ford Funeral Home

Gwynne Tire Service

Hickory Springs Farm

Middletown Home Sales

Novelis Corp.

Rose, Padden & Petty, L.C.

 

 

 

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