Saturday, May 14, 2022

THE VIRGINIA SETTLEMENT TRAIL: Powder Horns, Tomahawks and Rifle Gun Accouterments of the Virginia Frontiersman with Wallace Gusler


Explore the settlement story of Virginia at several locations along the historic “Great Philadelphia Wagon Road” from the mouth of the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, to Southwest Virginia at Abingdon, and on through The Wilderness Road to The Cumberland Gap. At each site, explore the impact of the long rifle on the 18th and 19th century settlement story of the Virginia backcountry through reenactments, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures.

1. Wilderness Road State Park

8051 Wilderness Rd Trail, Ewing, VA 24248

• Powder Horns, Tomahawks and Rifle Gun Accouterments of the Virginia Frontiersman

When: May 14, 2022. Seminar held at 4:45 p.m. in the Visitor’s Center theatre

Join renowned expert Wallace Gusler for an in depth look into long rifle culture of colonial Virginia. Explore the powder horns, tomahawks and rifle accouterments of the legendary frontiersmen of the 18th century.

 Virginia: America’s First Frontier

When: May 13 – 15, 2022. Friday 9AM – 5PM.  Saturday 10AM – 5PM. Sunday 10AM . – 3PM.

 Cost: $10 per vehicle Friday and Saturday. $4 per vehicle on Sunday.

By May of 1775, men, women, and children were heading west, deep into the harsh wilderness. They follow a trace that leads them to a life of freedom. However, that freedom is often overshadowed by   hardships, the likes of which many have never known. The further onto the western fringe they travel, the more important community becomes. Journey to Joseph Martin’s station, Virginia’s final point of rest and resupply, and walk amongst merchants and tradesmen. Meet those individuals who traveled the trace and the indigenous peoples they encountered along their journey. Come and immerse yourself in Virginia: America’s First Frontier.

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