Prickett's Fort

Fairmont, WV

Where are we going?

Prickett's Fort
88 State Park Entrance Rd
WV 26554

304 363-3030

What is there to do?

Prickett's Fort is a history lesson in real life! Built in 1774, this small, rustic log fort was used as a refuge from those Native American war parties on the Western frontier of Colonia Virginia. See - you're learning already and you haven't even arrived yet!

Long gone is the original, but the park have re-created the cabin exactly how it would have been, so now you can visit this living history site and really experience 18th century life in person! Throughout the fort, there are costumed interpreters offering demonstrations of true 18th century crafts and trades! You can visit the blacksmiths, or weavers, and even the spinners.

Don't miss the gun shop too which features the ONLY public demonstrations of 18th century firearms in the entire state!

The fort itself is 100x100 ft sq, and features 12ft high log walls and blockhouses. 16 tiny cabins with earthern floors also feature, with a meeting house and storeroom too!

Can you imagine up to 80 families living nearby all rushing to the fort as the uprisings started? Kids - this is a great place to use your imagination and really feel what life would have been like using everything you have learnt!

Don't forget that you are located within the Prickett's Fort State Park too, with picnic tables, fishing, and boating facilities so you can see the park from a different point of view! If you love hiking, then take your shoes are the nature trail has 25 interpretive stations that can teach you all about the flora and fauna that you are experiencing!

Nature, history, and family fun in West Virginia! Let's go!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $8

Children: $4 (Ages 6 -12)

Discount: Seniors $6

Free Under: 5 years


Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff if you have any accessibility questions, or have any special needs you need assistance with


When can we go?

10am - 4:30pm Mon - Sat / 12pm - 4:30pm Sun

Late April to Oct 31


Any top tips?

Why not rent a bike whilst you're there! From only $5/hr you can see more of the state park on wheels!

Healthy Eating

Why not bring your own picnic and enjoy it out in nature in the state park before or after your visit! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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