CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK - Frontier Days Weekend was held this weekend.
Local and regional reenactors created an encampment on the Museum's grounds where they demonstrated different techniques used by settlers to survive and be comfortable in early America. Visitors learned about candle dipping, needle crafts, blacksmithing and gunsmithing, leather working, horn and wood carving, flint knapping and making tools, sheep shearing, spinning wool, and various techniques for gathering, preparing and storing food.
Visitors also were invited to tour the current exhibits at the Museum, including the newly-installed Riding the Rails: Railroads Connecting West Virginia, which details railroad development in West Virginia and has artifacts from the West Virginia State Museum collection including a C&O Adlake Kero Lantern, a C&O Yellow Dog Lamp which burned on waste oil, and claw hammers, to name a few.
Other exhibits include Ladies Fashion Dolls of the Nineteenth Century which features 56 costumed dolls from the West Virginia State Museum; We Are Marshall, which displays items produced as props for the movie production; Dehue ... A Special Place which examines aspects of coal camp life; The Ron Moxley Collection: Native American Artifacts, which includes a nutting stone found in Chief Logan State Park; and Black Diamonds takes a look at coal mining throughout West Virginia with an emphasis on the southern part of the state. There are also two quilts made by the late Katie Barnette of Logan and award winners from the 2007 West Virginia Juried Exhibition on display.