Fort Randolph, Point Pleasant

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Fort Randolph was an American Revolutionary War fort which stood at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, on the site of present day Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA.
Built in 1776 on the site of an earlier fort from Dunmore's War, Fort Randolph is best remembered as the place where the famous Shawnee Chief Cornstalk was murdered in 1777. The fort withstood attack by American Indians in 1778 but was abandoned the next year. It was rebuilt in the 1780s after the renewal of hostilities between the United States and American Indians, but saw little action and was eventually abandoned once again. Two centuries later, a replica of the fort has been built about a mile away.
BackgroundThe site where Fort Randolph was built emerged as a strategic location in the years before the American Revolution. In the Treaty of Fort Stanwix of 1768, the British acquired title to present-day West Virginia from the Iroquois. Thereafter, British colonists and land speculators began to explore the region. One of the first to do so was George Washington, a planter and politician from Virginia, who in 1770 made a long canoe trip down the Ohio River to examine the land around Point Pleasant. Many other British colonists and surveyors did the same over the next few years.
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  • We arrived late, maybe 30 minutes before closing. But the woman working was super friendly and very knowledgeable. We will definitely be making a trip back on a day they have reenactors doing activiti...  more »
  • I had relatives who were stationed here back when and it's so interesting to see what their life might have been like. Very well kept and worth the stop.  more »
  • Quaint place. Very well built. Lots of history. Very informative staff. The subtler store inside the fort is a nice expereience. Glad l came.
  • Very nice historical fort. Could offer more and Very hard to notice. Would recommend walking through at least once .

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