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The Siege of Fort Randolph

May 19 & 20, 2012

Photos by Jim & Kathy Cummings

Like all historic sites that hold re-enactments, it is the history of the site that makes the event. And the history of the fort at Point Pleasant lends itself perfectly to an outdoor drama. And unlike some events that pivot on a single happening - the re-enactment at Fort Randolph encompasses a large part of the history of the fort.

From it’s beginnings during the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1775 to the killing of Cornstalk in 1777, the staff at Fort Randolph does an excellent job of pacing the drama along the timeline of the fort’s short lived history. It was six months after the murder of Cornstalk, in May of 1778 that the Shawnee Indians gathered together, some 300 strong, outside the fort in retaliation. This is the battle scenario that draws the public to return year after year. But they are also given a good dose of history in the process. The narration explains how Cornstalk’s sister Nonhelema and other natives tried to keep the fragile peace in the area. It shows the occupants of the fort going about their daily lives - mustering the troops, sending a group outside the fort walls to plant , all the while being guarded by settlers with rifles.


About the fort:

 Fort Randolph located at Krodel Park and campground , a city park of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The fort and it’s historical interpretations (including the Siege) is run completely by volunteers. The reconstructed fort is 30 years old and currently taking donation to replace logs in the palisades. But this fort has aged well. Early in the years that we start attending this event, the view was filled with many modern amenities not the least of which was the railroad track that ran above and behind the fort. But the area has matured and come into it’s own. We especially like the long grass outside the fort which gives the natives, natural cover during their attack on the fort. We recently completed a feature page on the changes inside the fort. Click here.

Daily Life at the Fort


Preparing 3 meals a day was a full time job for hungry soldiers.

Like all troops, marching and training were part of daily life.


A “mud oven” helped with baking chores.

And “a rum ration “ made a soldiers day go faster.


Where 18th Century soldiers went - so did their families.


Although no one was working in the Blacksmith shop on this day there was much evidence that this was a working fort.


A more detailed look at this history


The Many Faces of The Siege
of Fort Randolph

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The 2012 Battle Re-Enactment
The Siege of Fort Randolph


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An Artist Looks at

Fort Randolph

Special by Jim Cummings

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See the special feature on the fort from 2010.

Link to the Fort Randolph web site.

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