Ranger-led activities provide an opportunity to learn more about the natural world around us and the people who shaped our past. Discover the diversity of nature in the gorge, learn about the rich cultural history of coal mining, railroading, logging, and subsistence farming, learn how to be safe on the river, or join a ranger for a guided hike. Programs are offered throughout the year, but primarily during the spring, summer, and fall months. All programs are free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Plein Air (Outside Painting) with Cecil Glenn Runions
September 5, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm
Sandstone Visitor Center
Join the Living History Interpreters of Trails Inc. as they share some of the survival skills used by 18th Century Shawnee, Delaware, Mingo, and Cherokee hunting parties as well as skills used by their predecessors in prehistoric times. Topics will include useful wild plants, useful animal products, tools of stone, bone, and wood, finding water, making fire, and making shelter. Local living history educators Ronald, Gwendolyn, and Roslyn McAllister will join Dianne Anestis and Doug Wood to engage visitors in interactive demonstrations.
At 3:00 pm, Cherokee War Leader, Ostenaco (portrayed by Doug Wood of the WV Humanities Council History Alive! program) will council with visitors at the Visitor Center to discuss how his army and the Virginia militia forces survived the difficult winter campaign of 1756-57 against the Shawnees through southwestern Virginia and West Virginia.
In inclement weather, the demonstrations will be moved indoors. Bring your own family stories of your ancestors to share with the interpreters. Visitors of all ages are welcome.
September 2015 Activity Schedule
1.5 to 2 hours
Historic Thurmond Walking Tour
Survival: 18th Century Eastern Woodland Indian Survival Techniques
Hidden History Weekend