Category "Early American History," Episodes:
- 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.
Weâ€™re here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, southeast of Roanoke, Virginia.
Virginiaâ€™s Explore Park interprets what life was like
for some people in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuriesâ€™ in western Virginia.
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.
Virginiaâ€™s Explore Park has reconstructed
a Seventeen-fifty-seven frontier fort.
Patricia Lawrence has arrived at the site with Deborah Pitts, Executive Director of Virginiaâ€™s Explore Park.
We meet two historians in period costumes at the large wooden gate of the eighteenth-century frontier fort.