EWING, Va. — Wilderness Road State Park has released their September schedule with a full slate of historic and nature themed programs throughout the month. Whether you’re a history buff, love nature, or are simply looking for fun entertainment, Wilderness Road State Park has something for everyone!
Tales for Tots: On each Friday at 10 a.m. throughout the month of September, visit the Nature Center for adventures through stories. Interpretation through stories can be some of the best memories children experience in parks. Listen closely as our ranger leads children on a nature adventure through story. Participants should stick around after the tales for some fun crafts. Admission is free, parking rates do apply.
Sept. 10-11, On the Cutting Edge: The European Scythe: For centuries the scythe has been a staple in the hands of European and American farmers. Observe noted historian Bill Maddox at Martin’s Station as he demonstrates the proper use of this and other 18th century harvest and reaping tools. Special program presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sept. 10, In Good Company – Life could be grim and dangerous on the frontier. What did the settlers do to ease the tension and enjoy one another’s company? Join Captain Martin and backwoods travelers for a festive social at the Pig and Panther Tavern. Merriment, games and grog will be the order of the evening. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11, Sunday Cinema: Grab your popcorn and join us for a special big screen presentation of Owl Power in spectacular BluRay. Enjoy stunning footage of some of the most important winged creatures on earth. This educational documentary is a wonderful teaching tool to aid young naturalists learn about owls. Run time is 1 hour, 15 minutes. The program begins at 2 p.m.
Sept. 17, Get Started on Geocaching: Interested in geocaching but don’t know how to get started? Or do you just want an adventure in the woods? Well this is the program for you. Enjoy this ranger led activity as we utilize GPS units to find hidden caches in the woods while learning about our native wildlife. Great fun for families. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Frontier Fiddling. During the 18th century, life on Virginia’s western frontier was generally monotonous and filled with hard work, worry and danger. Settlers revered the opportunity to relax with family and friends and listen to music, especially the fiddle. Sit back and enjoy the Sons of Liberty at the Pig and Panther Tavern for a special evening of 18th century jigs, reels, marches and ballads. Program begins at 6 p.m.
Sept. 18, Incredible Edibles, Foraging for Food: This is an exciting ranger-led hike in search of edible plants. Many of our native plants have been used to eat and for medicinal purposes. Discover which plants are surprisingly tasty and nutritious and which ones to avoid. The program begins at 2 p.m.
Sept. 24, Size Matters: Our Solar System: This program offers a fun and interactive look at the size of the sun and planets and their distance from Earth. We will use every day items to create a scale model of our solar system. The vastness of these heavenly bodies will put your imagination to the test. The program begins at 10 a.m.
Sept. 25, Sunday Cinema: Grab your popcorn and join us for a special big screen presentation of Owl Power in spectacular BluRay. Enjoy stunning footage of some of the most important winged creatures on earth. This educational documentary is a wonderful teaching tool to aid young naturalists learn about owls. Run time is 1 hour, 15 minutes. The program begins at 2 p.m.
Life at Martin’s Station: Throughout September, Historic Martin’s Station will bring the 18th century Virginia frontier to life with daily interpretation and demonstrations. Join the men and women of Martin’s Station as they demonstrate blacksmithing, gunsmithing, hide-tanning, 18th century gardening, open hearth cooking and other activities you may have witnessed while traveling the Wilderness Road in 1775. The fort is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays).
The Candlelight Ghost Tour & Haunted Dinner scheduled for September is sold out.
In addition to these programs, the park offers an ADA handicap accessible playground, a nature playscape, picnic shelters, hiking trails and more. The new nature center is open on weekends and includes interactive and educational activities. See and touch the hides and skulls of several of the area’s native wildlife and more. The park’s visitor center houses guest information, a gift shop, frontier museum and a state-of-the-art theatre that showcases the film, Wilderness Road: Spirit of a Nation.
For more information, please contact the park office at 276-445-3065 or visit the park’s official website at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/wilderness-road.shtml. You can also visit the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park official website: www.friendsofwildernessroad.org or Martin’s Station’s website at www.historicmartinsstation.com.