02 June 2011

the Raid at Martin's Station

Mr. Fuzzy is not insensitive to our readers (both of them) becoming bored with nothing other than farm tidbits posted herein. He has, therefore, decided to post a bit about the Fuzzys' prior life - in the 1770s frontier of Virginia.

The occurs semi-annually, a marvelous event at the gem of Virginia's state parks: Wilderness Road State Historic Park, out in the far tail of Virginia, is home to the re-created Martin's Station, a frontier fort of the 1770s. It is in as beautiful a setting as can be imagined, in a deep valley, bordered by the mountains, and the famous Cumberland Gap visible just a few miles away. In May, Senior Ranger Billy Heck and his staff organize "The Raid" which has become perhaps the premier event of its kind in the American South. The Raid re-enacts the Cherokee attack on the Station in 1775. Their other major event is the October encampment which is smaller and does not contain the battle scenarios of the May event.

Besides the raid itself, there is the modern and well-done visitor's center, hiking, and with all of the vendors at these two events, a colonial trade fair. If you look on a map to find the park, it is obvious that is is still remote from civilization, especially on the Virgina/Tennessee side, yet the raid draws thousands of spectators in addition to those participating as frontiersmen or Native Americans. Two battles are held, one in the early afternoon and one at twilight. The latter highlights the flashes from the flintlock rifles and artillery to great effect.


Mrs. Fuzzy said...

And frontier women... and frontier kids.

One of the features of this spring's raid was the capture of one very respectable widow and her daughters. Carried off over the shoulders of the Cherokee warriors, tied to a post, and given away to families needing replacement children. Poor woman, she had to watch her littlest girl delight in becoming an indian. (The Cherokee have cookies, you know!)

Jenny Woolf said...

Looks amazing! you don't do this stuff by halves ...wish I could see it!

Mr. Fuzzy said...

Thanks! And on this side of the pond, those are real guns, tomahawks and knives...
Mr. Fuzzy has studied the Lewis Carrol images at the Harry Ransom Center, Univ of Texas... as Mr. F is a PhD photohistorian-