The event is sponsored by the Town of Sutton, the West Virginia Humanities Council, Landmark Studio for the Arts, and the USDA's Mountain Resource Conservation and Development organization.
The day's activities begin with a hike along the recently completed Jeremiah Carpenter Trail, a 2.8-mile path through the forest and along the lakeshore from Sutton to the Bee Run recreation area. Thomas Nicholson, natural resources specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lead the hike, which starts at 9 a.m. from Sutton Dam.
At 11 a.m. at Sutton Meadow, a grassy area along the access road to Sutton Dam, Doug Wood will portray the Cherokee warrior Mankiller Ostenaco in a living history presentation sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.
From noon to 4 p.m., Steve Ostaff will demonstrate the workings of an 18th Century blacksmith's shop.
Starting at 2 p.m., "The Life and Times of Jeremiah Carpenter" will begin at Sutton Meadow, featuring re-enactors portraying 18th Century settlers and Native Americans coordinated by Doug Wood.
At 4 p.m. in the Landmark Studio for the Arts in downtown Sutton, archeologist Robert Maslowski will give a presentation on Native Americans of the region from the paleo Indian period to historic times. Several artifacts collected from Corps of Engineers archeological surveys in Braxton County will be on display.
At 5 p.m. at Sutton Meadow, a demonstration of 18th Century food preparation techniques will be demonstrated. Crafts of the era will be displayed, and there will be tomahawk-throwing demonstrations.
At 7 p.m., Gerry Milnes, director of the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins College, will discuss and give a performance of traditional music from the early settlement era. Included will be a rendition of the traditional fiddle tune "Shelvin Rock," inspired by the rock shelter where the region's first settler baby was born.
The program ends with stories of Native American and pioneer folklore around a campfire, starting at 9 p.m. at Sutton Meadow.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.