Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, West Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

A Replica Fort near Fairmont, West Virginia

It was the early days of what would become the United States of America. People came from across the ocean to settle in this new world. Many of the settlers encountered Indian tribes. While some of the tribes welcomed the settlers and interacted with them, there were tribes that wanted the settlers gone, and they attacked them. To protect the settlers from attacks, various forts were constructed. When an attack occurred, nearby settlers went into the fort for protection. Among them was Prickett’s Fort which was built in 1774 on a hill overlooking the Monongahela River by Jacob Prickett near Fairmont, West Virginia. The fort you see in the state park today is a recreated fort of what was there before. When you visit Prickett’s Fort State Park during the summer months, you will meet people in costume who recreate life in the…

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