It had been 3 years since we last visited Fort Randolph. But the folks at Fort Randolph continue to put on an excellent event. Some of the faces change over the years but many remain the same. They come back year after year to bring history to the forefront. And always from our seats among the visitors we hear children and adults alike in awe of a story they may have never heard. When the colorfully dressed Chief Cornstalk comes to the fort, he is detained there for his own safety. Cornstalk was a native interested in obtaining peace with the white men. When he does not return to his people his son visits the fort too, looking for his father.
But not everyone was interested in peace. A group of longhunters heard that Indians were in the fort and arrived with vengeance in their hearts. Cornstalk and his party are killed. Cornstalk’s death occurred in 1777 just two years after the fort was built. In May of 1778 the Shawnee Indians came seeking retaliation. It is while several women and children are outside the fort walls planting a corn crop that the Natives arrive. The militia men guarding the settlers outside can only rush them back inside the fort walls before taking action.