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Oglebay Park to Host Fort Henry Days

Ray Meloy

Oglebay Park to Host

Fort Henry Days

By Ray Meloy

In 1782 Fort Henry stood on the western border of the American frontier in Virginia. Running September 2 and 3, Fort Henry Days recreates the life of 18th-century settlers and soldiers.

Constructed in 1774, the fort was a refuge for settlers and travelers against hostile Native American attacks. During the American Revolution, the fort came under siege twice, first in 1777 and 1782. Late in the Revolutionary War the British Empire let loose its Native American allies to ravage frontier settlements in an effort to draw continental troops from the east These attacks continued even after the British defeat at Yorktown.

The main event of the Fort Henry Days reenactment is the attack on the fort and the daring run by Betty Zane. British loyalist and their Native American allies laid siege to the fort in 1782. The defenders inside the fort were running low on gunpowder. There was a stash of gunpowder in a cabin near the fort. A young girl named Elizabeth Zane volunteered to run outside the fort and retrieve the powder. Exiting the fort she ran to the cabin. The attackers were dumbstruck wondering why this lone girl would leave the protection of the fort. Entering the cabin Betty Zane scooped up as much gunpowder as she could in her apron and made a dash for the fort. The attackers finally realized what was going on and opened fire. She made it into the fort unscathed saving the day. The British loyalists and their allies abandoned their efforts and faded off into the wilderness.

Fort Henry Days will feature reenactors portraying all walks of life. Cooking, sewing, gunsmithing, and many more examples will demonstrate life on the 18th-century frontier. The highlight of the event will be a battle reenactment both days at 3 in the afternoon. Admission is free. The encampment is located at Levenson Shelter in Oglebay Park, West Virginia.

British Loyalists and their Native American Allies attack Fort Henry.Photo byRay Meloy
Defenders of Fort Henry fire a volley at the attackers.Photo byRay Meloy
British Native American Allies.Photo byRay Meloy

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