Travel through time to the past at Tygart Lake State Park


TAYLOR COUNTY—History will soon be coming to life on the shores of Tygart Lake.

The friend folks at Tygart Lake State Park will once again be offering a fun event for the whole family.

Be sure to bring a blanket or pull up a chair as History Alive! returns to the state park today, Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m., at the Nature Center/Park Office lawn.

Come and hear the recount of life from the perspective of Gabriel Arthur, as portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane, West Virginia.

“Doug always does a top notch, first person historical interpretation and this time he’s bringing early frontiersmen Gabriel Arthur to the park,” voiced Naturalist Jacob Jackson. “So be sure to grab the family and come out to this event that’s appropriate for all ages.”

Arthur is hailed as the first European American to see the Kanawha Valley in 1674. As an early frontiersman, he spent his time traveling exploring the area now known as West Virginia.

Following either the Big Coal River or Paint Creek to the Kanawha River, he and his party were welcomed into a large Moneton settlement.

You will not want to miss hearing what life was like for a frontiersman in his time, and how the area differed from what we know it as today.

The event is free and open to the public. It is estimated to last approximately 45 minutes.

History Alive! is a presentation of the West Virginia Humanities Council and features scholars from around the state who portray historical figures at venues including museums, schools, libraries, community centers and fairs and festivals.

“From Pearl Buck and Nellie Bly to Charles Schulz and Walt Disney, these living history performances provide a passport through time for student and adult audiences throughout the Mountain State,” voiced the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Each performance consists of three separate parts, helping to transport guests through time and give them a clearer picture of the past.

During the monologue, the historical figures recount their stories, introducing the historical, social and political issues that influenced their life.

Audience members are then invited to ask questions of the character, delving deeper into the past

Finally, the presenter “breaks character” and accepts questions that are answered from a researcher’s perspective.

The West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program presents a roster of 12 historical figures available for first-person portrayals.

For more information, please call Program Officer Kyle Warmack at 304-346-8500 or email [email protected].

To learn more about the presentation at Tygart Lake State Park, please contact Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson by phone at 304-265-6148.

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