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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 19, 2007
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Thousands to Raid Wilderness Road's Martin's Station May 11-13

EWING, Va. - Slip into the shadows of Virginias 1776 wilderness for the annual frontier reenactment, Raid at Martin's Station, May 11-13. See, smell, taste and hear history come alive as more than 500 living historians re-enact life at Wilderness Road State Park's recreation of Joseph Martin's frontier fort.

Activities include tours of eastern woodland indian and colonial militia camps, frontier fort life, and 18th century merchants and colonial traders selling their wares. There will be a special Sons of the American Revolution historical ceremony and wreath laying Saturday at 10 a.m.

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the park also will host a special Contemporary Longrifle Association (CLA) art show, which will highlight some of the nations premier artisans and their craftsmanship. Throughout the weekend there will be various seminars on 18th century topics conducted by world-renowned historians and speakers.

Highlights of the weekend will be reenactments of frontier battles between Cherokee warriors and the settlers of Martins Station. The first battle begins Saturday at 1 p.m. and a special night battle reenactment begins at 8:30 p.m. Daily activities begin on Friday with more than 2,000 area school children expected to raid Martins Station.

The weekend schedule is Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. For more information about the raid, call (276) 445-3065 or visit www.martinsstation.com .

For more information about Virginia State Parks, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov . The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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