The Wilderness Road State Park in Virginia held the reenactment known as the “Raid at Martin’s Station last weekend. More than 450 reenactors, merchants, artists and artisan were scheduled to be at the three day event.
The frontier battles occurred at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
A Cherokee Mother’s Day program was added to the event. It marked the first time a program based on the Cherokee women and their duties of raising a family and maintaining their homes was offered at the raid.
In keeping with the Cherokee theme, Nadia Dean presented a powerful program about the Cherokee War of 1776 based on her recently released book, A Demand of Blood. David Preston, Professor of History at The Citadel Military College says Dean, “gracefully conveys a visceral sense of 18th century people and places and vibrantly recaptures the gritty realities of everyday life among Cherokees and Colonists.”
A popular 18th century surveying program also returned to the Raid schedule led by noted historian Tony Holbrook. Before computer-aided drafting and 3D images, surveyors of the 18th century figured out boundaries and drew maps the hard way. They trudged through the wilderness, living off the land and sometimes risking their lives.