About a week ago I had one of my "I have to get out of this house" days. So I did my usual; packed up my cameras, filled up my water tumbler, made sure I had gas in the car, and a few dollars just in case, and off I went. While it was a somewhat cloudy day I didn't think it would matter all that much, that is until I actually left the house and everything I drove past looked blah.
I drove for close to an hour, and naturally took a wrong turn somewhere, and happened upon Krodel Park in Pt. Pleasant, WV. The park has a large walking trail, ponds for fishing, and a campground with picnic shelters, and also hidden off to the side of this park is a replica of Ft. Randolph. Who knew?! It was time to get out of the dang car, walk around, and take some pictures.
I quickly found out the fort was actually closed for the season but was open at the time because the director was showing a group of teachers around. He told me an extremely brief history of the fort and allowed me to finish looking around a bit while he continued on with the group of teachers. Did I luck out of what? He also told me there will be a Halloween event later this month. Because he was so nice I half want to drive back up there to check out the Halloween festivities. Below I have included a very brief history of the fort as well as a few of the shots I was able to get. I would strongly suggest if you are a history buff like myself and live within driving distance to make the trip to check out this little fort tucked away in the trees.
"Fort Randolph was an American Revolutionary War fort which stood at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, on the site of present-day Point Pleasant, WV, USA.
Built in 1776 on the site of an earlier fort from Dunmore's War, Fort Randolph is best remembered as the place where the famous Shawnee Chief Cornstalk was murdered in 1777. The fort withstood attack by American Indians in 1778 but was abandoned the next year. It was rebuilt in the 1780s after the renewal of hostilities between the United States and American Indians, but saw little action and was eventually abandoned once again. Two centuries later, a replica of the fort has been built about a mile away." (Wikipedia)
I also vlogged a bit that week so head over to my Youtube channel to check out the weekly vlog where I was out and about looking for something to take a picture of.
If you have any day trip ideas for the Huntington/Charleston, WV areas please leave a comment below and let me know. It's fall, not a million degrees outside, and I'm ready to get out a bit.