Part of their historic visit included hands-on interaction with horses, sheep and the station’s resident pig. “We offer such a unique atmosphere here at Wilderness Road, a touch of history, a touch of nature and we present this with a touch of class,” stated park concessions manager Mike Brindle. “When a group comes to visit the park, they are treated to an exciting educational tour of Martin’s Station, animals and all, at the historic area offering a hands-on experience. Of course, our trails also present an opportunity for groups to take a healthy hike and possibly catch a glimpse at some of the wildlife that call our park home.”
With historic demonstrations such as blacksmithing, gun-smithing, musket-firing, artillery drills and hide tanning, Martin’s Station truly is an outdoor museum and classroom. Schools often call ahead to book tours months in advance. Many times the schools are repeat visitors, a sure sign we are doing something right. Colonial Williamsburg recently filmed a large portion of their newest digital classroom series video here at the park. The video features Scott New as Daniel Boone, and highlights the westward expansion of our fledgling country in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
“I can think of nothing more important in the area of children’s education than presenting an accurate portrayal of what actually occurred during the formative years of our Nation’s history” said Park Manager Jonathan Tustin. “We look forward to this type of interaction with young people in a most enthusiastic manner.”