School of the Longhunter 2017

September 11, 2017 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

April brings showers and on April 6-8 of this year, it also brought the School of the Longhunter which takes place at Prickett’s Fort near Fairmont, WV on an annual basis. This encampment/symposium is an interesting and informative event with a lot to offer for the Colonial era reenactor/living historian. This year’s presentations included talks on winter gear and snowwalker bushcraft;  Fort Pitt: Trade Goods on the Frontier:  tracking;  Mess Companies of the Frontier: preparing for action and pack inspection; Unwanted Markings; Necessary Paperwork: papers carried on the frontier; a natural dye workshop; and a round robin trade and barter session. On Saturday evening, there was a dinner, and a benefit auction of period goods to benefit the park took place.

The reconstructed fort is a great setting for the event (although many of the presentations were held in the modern comfort of the Visitor Center) and since the park doesn’t open until after the event, the participants have the area pretty much to themselves.  While the fort is located in Prickett’s Fort State Park, the fort and visitor’s center are operated by the Prickett’s Fort Foundation. There is also a Civil War era home built by the Prickett family which sits directly behind the Visitor Center. For more information, see https://www.prickettsfort.org/visit.html

 

 

IMG_8706 IMG_8707 IMG_8711 IMG_8713 IMG_8716IMG_8672 IMG_8674 IMG_8683 IMG_8684IMG_8693 IMG_8698 IMG_8697 IMG_8691 IMG_8689IMG_8717 IMG_8718 IMG_8719 IMG_8722 IMG_8727 IMG_8734

Comments

No Comments

Leave a reply

Name *

Mail *

Website