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MonumentIn 1908, the United States Senate passed a bill to aid in the erection of a monument at Point Pleasant. Located in the southern end of the town of Point Pleasant, Battle Monument State Park commemorates the Battle of the Revolution fought between Colonial troops and Indians, on October 10, 1774. The park's centerpiece is an 84-foot granite obelisk that honors the Virginia militiamen who gave their lives during the battle, while the statue of a frontiersman stands at the base. Smaller memorial tablets in the park are dedicated to Cornstalk and to "Mad" Anne Bailey, whose mad exploits in thwarting the Indians earned her the nickname.

Directions:

Located in West Virginia along the Ohio River, Point Pleasant lies on one mile north of junction US 35 and WV 2. Point Pleasant is less than an hour from Charleston, Huntington, and Parkersburg, WV. Battle Monument State Park is located in Point Pleasant one block west of State Route 2 on Main Street.

Activities:

Battle Days. Celebrate the first battle of the American Revolution.The first weekend in October. Started in 1992, Battle Days is a nationally known festival that has grown in popularity every year. Battle Days, held the first weekend in October, commemorates the first battle of the American Revolution. On October 10, 1774 a total of 1,100 Virginia militiamen defeated Indian forces led by the Shawnee Chieftain Cornstalk. The battle prevented an Indian alliance with the British, which could have altered the outcome of the American Revolution.

Visitors come from all over the United States to participate in the festival. Historical re-enactors, sutlers, and crafters don their period clothing and step back in history to the time of the 1770's.

An array of cultural activities awaits the whole family when they attend Battle Days in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Events:

Parade - Encampment - Ox roast - Colonial Ball - Lantern tour to meet historical characters - Bean dinner - Indian dancers - Arts and crafts show - Quilting - and much more for the entire family to enjoy!

The weekend's activities conclude on Sunday with a memorial service to honor those who gave their lives at the Battle of Point Pleasant. In 1908, Congress recognized that Point Pleasant was the site of a significant battle of the American Revolution.

Lodging:

Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park is open year-round, and the museum is open from May through October.








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