Located in Marion County along the Monongahela River, the 188 acre Prickett’s Fort State Park is a fun jaunt into living history. Founded in 1975, the State Park is built upon the location of a late 18th Century settler’s fort of the same name. Visitors can visit Prickett’s Fort and learn about settler and colonial life in the 1700s through living histories put on by reenactors, from historians, and exhibits. They can learn about traditional skills such as weaving, blacksmithing, and wood working. The State Park also features an amphitheater, boat launch, picnic areas, and trails. The park is home to a number of plays and small festivals throughout the year. Over 70,000 visitors come to Prickett’s Fort annually, and it has an economic significance of $2,049,733 as of 2015.
The area that is now Prickett’s Fort State Park was settled by Jacob Prickett and his family in 1772. They were colonial homesteaders and farmers settling on the “frontier.” They later built a fort in 1774 to serve as defense against Native Americans. This fort was then used for military purposes during the Revolutionary War. As the United States expanded West during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, the fort was no longer needed, and it was taken apart. A historically accurate recreation was completed in 1976 and is the keystone to the state park.