Come Journey With Me – Pricketts Fort – Fairmont West Virginia – Article # 5 – Repost

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I hope you have enjoyed the journey to Prickett's Fort with me. I am glad that you are able to make it on this last part of the journey. I have really enjoyed having you along.

This last part of the journey will be into the Fort itself. There are so many wonderful things to see in there. So make sure your shoes are tied and Lets get started. We don't want anyone tripping on an untied shoestring. Oh yeah, When they ask for your ticket, just tell them that you are with me and I have the ticket.

I took this photo from the gate at Pricketts Fort.  You can also see some of the changing colors of the leaves in the center back. The trees were not in the fort. They are in the hills just beyond the fort.

Come on and we will  go inside the main gate now and see what we can see.

Lining the inside wall of the fort are sixteen  cabins. On each corner of the Fort Walls are blockhouses. Then in the center is the Gun Shop, the meeting house and shed roof.

I love the fact that the rocks were taken off the land to make the chimneys.

Straight ahead is the Meeting House and trading post.   Lets go in and look around. Look at all those herbs hanging from the rafters on the ceiling.

 Look, it is a spinning wheel. They were used to weave the wool into thread.

Look over there is a weaving loom. This will make material from the wool thread.  Wow, the pioneer women sure were talented.  They must have been great workers as well. One would have to be dedicated to survive in the frontier.

Wow look at those furs. Trapping for furs was an important part of the settlers lifestyle. The furs were used to make blankets, clothes and to cover windows to keep the cold out.

Lets go outside and look to see what is at the shed roof. The shed roof is built onto the end of the Meeting house that we are in now.  It is simply a roof over the wood. No walls at all except where it is built against the meeting house. Note the cool handmade wheel barrow or cart.

Since I have already took you on the journey to the Gun Shop, I think we will just skip ahead and look at some of the cabins.  Look over there in front of that cabin at the shingles they have made from trees on the land.

Wow! Look at that cool Blacksmith shop. I would love to learn to make those cast iron things. I think they are so cool.  Can you imagine having to work out in the open like this through the cold and windy winters? To the right is where the fire was kept to melt and heat the iron and such to make the tools. In the center is a vice that was used to hold the tools while they were being made.  To the left is some items that would typically be made by the blacksmith such as door locks, door handles, tools, hangers to hold the pots in the fireplaces a among the items.

Hey, Come over here and look inside this cabin. How would you like to sleep on one of those three beds?  Most of the beds in the  cabins were simply boards as they are in this photo. This one had three beds. Most only had one or two.  Note the earth floor. Most of the cabins had earth as the floor.

This structure was made for two beds with a table of sorts between the beds that was used for candles and pots. The cabins were very small.

Over there is the pottery Shop. The clay was plentiful on the land. The clay was used to make the pottery as well as the bricks in the fort.

This next cabin has a couple beds and a spinning wheel. Most families had a spinning wheel.  Note that the blanket was made by the women in the fort.

Each cabin was very small except the two against the Fort Wall to the left when you first enter the Fort Main Gate.  One such cabin has a rocking chair in it to rock the baby. The floor was earth on most of the cabins..  However, this cabin also had a fireplace.  When there was a fireplace, it was very small.

This same cabin has a cradle and bed for the mother in it as well.  Note that the clean clothes were hung where ever their was room to hang them to dry.

One of the cabins had a writing desk in it, complete with ink and pen. The desk itself had a leather part on the table. This was one of the nicest cabins in the fort.  Note the homemade table. Notice the earth floor of this cabin

In one cabin was a barrel with a spout on it to let the liquid out. Notice the earth floor in this cabin. This one has some straw laid on the floor as well.

The clay was plentiful on the Prickett land. It was used to make the bricks for building fireplaces as well as the Prickett house. This is where the bricks would have been made and dried. Note that even the container that was used for mixing the clay is made of wood.

This is a grinding wheel. It is used to sharpen knives and other sharp objects.

Well, this concludes our journey to Pricketts Fort. I do hope you have enjoyed your tour.  Pricketts Fort is in the Prickett Fort State Park. It does cost a fee to be able to go into the fort and the Prickett house. 

The park itself offers not only the Prickett Fort but has nature trails also. We went on the short pleasant walk that runs to the Prickett Cemetery along the edge of Pricketts Bay. You can find all kinds of interesting birds, animals, trees and plants. Each season of the year offers a different experience.  The fall has its own scent and look as you have seen though my journeys. Can you imagine what life would have been like for the settlers in this area in the 1700's? We are so very fortunate to live at a time that we have heat and shelter, food and clothing galore. We are very fortunate indeed.

I am amazed at the knowledge that the pioneers had. They were able to survive on their own with the help of the Lord. Most of the settlers were very religious.

 The fee is $6.00 for adults.

The Historical Attractions are open from mid April through the end of October. Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM (however, we were told that tickets must be purchased before 4 PM)

Sunday from noon to 4:30

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays before Memorial Day and after Labor Day

At the Historical area you will find the visitor center, gallery orientation exhibit, museum shop, educational outreach.

School groups are welcome.

There is privately owned  camping nearby

The Park facilities are open year round.

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