Frontier Harvest Festival

 

The Frontier Harvest Festival at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse will be held next Saturday October 28 at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, VA. Period-dressed reenactors will be providing various demonstrations from 1-5pm all across the grounds of the Blockhouse. This is a free event! Don’t miss out!

Schedule of Events for the Frontier Muster and Trade Faire

Saturday, April 29

10:00 a.m.            SAR Wreath Laying Ceremony

10:30 a.m.            The Scots-Irish in Revolutionary America (Visitor Center)

11:00 a.m.            Horseback Riders Headed for Kentucky (Blockhouse Area)

11:30 a.m.            Tory-Patriot Skirmish (Blockhouse Area)

1:00 p.m.              Slave Narrative: Jane’s Story (Dog Trot by Blacksmith Shop)

1:30 p.m.              Cherokee Language Workshop (Micah Swimmer)

2:30 p.m.              Kids Militia and Black Powder Demonstration

3:30 p.m.              Frontier Auction and Hilarity (Auction Tent)

5:00 p.m.              Hayride

 

Sunday, April 30

11:00 a.m.            Frontier Church service

12:30 p.m.            Finger Food and Light Refreshments

1:00 p.m. –

3:00 p.m.              Please enjoy visiting with our demonstrators and presenters

 

All Day/Both Days

Blockhouse historical tours, flax to linen processing, soap making, candle making, salt boiling, Colonial Period toys and games, blacksmithing, fire starting, hide tanning, powder horn making and scrimshaw techniques, food drying and preserving, sewing, and cord making. Frontier Music will be presented by the Washington County Fife and Drum Band, the Smith Brothers, and Jim Wolfe.

 

Important Notes to Our Visitors:

To our friends with pets: we need to remind you that pets must be restrained on a leash at all times and MUST NOT be led near or around any horses, as this could cause serious injuries should a horse become excitable!!! Pets are not allowed inside historical buildings or structures. Owners are expected to walk their pets far away from the historical viewing areas and to clean up after them in areas where visitors may be walking. Thank you.

 

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association is not allowed by public health regulations to feed any visitors from the cook fires or cooking preparation areas. Only registered volunteers may eat this food. Hot dogs and other snacks will be available for our visitors from Park vendors in front of the Interpretive Center and Museum. Thank you.

Demonstrations at the Frontier Muster and Trade Faire

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The Frontier Muster and Trade Faire will be held at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park on Saturday April 29 from 10-5 and Sunday April 30 from 10-3. Demonstrations will include fire-starting, flax processing, cooking, salt-making, tanning, 18th century games, and much more. And with all the English loyalists running around there is bound to be some confrontation!

Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel at Natural Tunnel State Park

 

Ron Short - Music at the Carter CabinVolunteers from the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will be at the Carter Cabin on Friday and Saturday nights from now through December 23rd for the 17th Annual Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel Program. We will be at the Carter Cabin from 6-10pm talking about life on the frontier in the late 18th Century, and of course about the cabin itself. Come by and enjoy this festive event in beautiful Natural Tunnel State Park.

For more information click here to view the flyer.

Railroad Day at Natural Tunnel State Park

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The fourth annual Railroad Day will be Saturday, July 16 from 10am – 3pm. The Tunnel will be open and lit for guests to walk through. Interpreters will also be available to talk about the geology and formation of the natural tunnel. Not only will all of that be taking place, but the Carter Cabin and Blockhouse will also be open during the event! Historical interpreters will be present and talking about the history of the area and life on the frontier during the late 1800’s. There are no extra fees for this event. C’mon out!