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



A Prayer for America

May 1 at 7pm



     This performance is a staged reading of the original play, A Prayer for America, by FSU artist-in-residence, Tom DeTitta. Prayer for America is the story of an Italian immigrant family set against the backdrop of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster. The story is inspired by local history and speaks to the difficulties faced by those who immigrated to north central West Virginia in the early 20th century. The performance will be in the Prickett’s Fort State Park Visitor Center at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $4 each. To RSVP call (304)363-3030 or visit

               Immigrant heritage and coal mining history are points of pride in many Marion County families; however, one cannot talk about Marion County history without mentioning the darker side of immigration and coal.  In cooperation with the Prickett’s Fort Foundation and the Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center, the Fairmont State University Department of Communication and Theatre Arts and Town and Gown Theatre presents a reader’s theatre performance of A Prayer for America, a new play about an immigrant family’s struggles set against the backdrop of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster.   A Prayer for America written by Tom DeTitta, the 2014 FSU artist-in-residence.


Annual Spring

Bird Walks


April 18, 25 and May 2


     Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff from the West Virginia DNR will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars, if you have them. FREE and open to the public.






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