CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Legacy of Mary Ingles marks a quarter century of 18th century living history encampments Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville. Visitors can wander back in time for a portrayal of life in 1755 as interpreters, tradesmen and women engage in conversation with visitors.
Re-enactors focus on spinning and weaving, salt making, edible and medicinal plants, blacksmithing, tomahawk throwing, frontier cooking and a host of other period demonstrations.
"It's been 258 years since Mary Ingles made her trek through the Kanawha Valley and New River area, and her remarkable story is woven throughout each day of the primitive encampment," said Beech Fork State Park Superintendent Matt Yeager.
The encampment is open to the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, with an 18th century wedding and period English country dances from 6 to 9 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a 2 p.m. concert by Pete Kosky; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free, and the event is wheelchair accessible. Visit www.beechforksp.com for directions or call 304-528-5794.