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Category "Early American History," Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Oct 24, 2007 - 1:29 am
  • Virginia's Explore Park Frontier Fort
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  • We are on a Four-Hundred-Years-of-History road trip across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    We’re here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, southeast of Roanoke, Virginia.

    Virginia’s Explore Park interprets what life was like
    for some people in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries’ in western Virginia.

    Costumed historians
    tell visitors about life
    in each of the centuries.

    In the early Seventeen-hundreds,
    the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Virginia were settled by Germans, Scotch and Irish.
    These immigrants had cut all ties with Europe.
    Having nothing to lose
    these pioneers bravely began
    to settle the wilDERness.

    In the turbulent decade of the Seventeen-fifties,
    to protect their families, livestock, and neighbors
    the settlers in Augusta County, Virginia,
    built wooden stockades around their homes.

    Virginia’s Explore Park has reconstructed
    a Seventeen-fifty-seven frontier fort.
    Patricia Lawrence has arrived at the site with Deborah Pitts, Executive Director of Virginia’s Explore Park.

    We meet two historians in period costumes at the large wooden gate of the eighteenth-century frontier fort.