As one of West Virginia's most unique living history museums, Pricketts Fort invites visitors to relive the pioneering spirit of Captain Jacob Prickett and his family.

Travel back in time through the life of the Pricketts...and experience survival on the dangerous frontier of the late 1700's. Learn how these western Virginia settlers co-existed with the native American Indians, watch as costumed interpreters demonstrate the leisure, trade and domestic activities of the past, and witness the evolution of an increasingly civilized lifestyle over an 85-year period.

Prickett's Fort State Park uses a living history style of interpretation to preserve, document and exhibit the past. It features an 18th century recreation of the original Pricketts Fort which provided a place of refuge from Indian attack. In addition, guests enjoy visiting the original 19th century Job Prickett House, Prickett Cemetery, Visitor Center, and Museum Gift Shop.

The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is a non-profit historical organization responsible for the historical and educational programs available at the park. In addition to the historic attractions, the park also offers recreational opportunities for individuals and families including a boat launch, nature trail, bike trail access, picnic areas, and outdoor amphitheater.

Amphitheater Improvement Fund
Thank you to all individual donors and the following
funding agencies for financial support of this project:
West Virginia Division of Culture and History,
and the National Endowment for the Arts,
with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts
The Dominion Foundation
The Hott Memorial Foundation
The Brown Family Foundation
Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust
West Virginia State Parks Foundation
Governor's Community Partnership Grant
Marion County Commission
City of Pleasant Valley
Town of White Hall
Chesapeake Energy



Declaration of Independence

July 25-31 at

12 Noon


History tells us it would have taken about three weeks for news of the signing of The Declaration of Independence to reach the outer edges of colonial expansion. Come out and hear the reading of one of the greatest documents ever written, second only to the United States Constitution. Regular admission applies.






August 1 at 7:00pm


Black Horse



   Come join us for an evening of entertainment by the country music group, Black Horse on Friday, August  1 at 7pm.

    Black Horse was founded by John Natale and Ken Homerosky. They set out to develop a band concentrating solely on the classics of Country Music. They are sincerely passionate about the history of this style of music and work diligently at its authenticity and of course, its preservation.

    Too many wonderful songs are virtually ignored by mainstream country radio today and they have vowed to take a different path. There are plenty of great bands that play the recent hits of the day, but Black Horse draws upon the vast catalog of treasured classics, including music from the legends of country music…Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, George Jones and of course, the honky tonk master, Hank Williams Sr.

    After connecting with some wonderful musicians, Chuck Dyke, Jon Smorada and Mark Keen, Black Horse was complete and soon would become a hard working fair and festival band, pleasing audiences throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

    Recently, after the bands’ first appearance at the world famous Wheeling Jamboree, they were invited to be regular cast members, a truly incredible honor. They all have vast experience in other bands over the years, but Black Horse is particularly rewarding. Nothing pleases them more than to be out there singing and playing the songs they love most, and having an appreciative audience singing right along to those awesome “Legendary Country Classics”.

    The 2014 concert series is provided free of charge through the generous support of the Marion County Commission, the City of Pleasant Valley and the Town of White Hall . The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation appreciates this ongoing support of the performing arts and the promotion of tourism events in our community. For more information contact (304) 363-3030.




The Frank T. Barnes Iron Collection is now showing throughout the year at the Pricketts Fort Visitor Center.


 On loan from

   Fort Boonesborough State Park. Come out and see this unique collection of ironwork. Items in the collection date from 1660-1860, and includes items used in daily living in early America.






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