Martin's fort played a vital role in the early days of Kentucky settlement, as it served as a lifeline back to Virginia and North Carolina. Richard Henderson, of the Transylvania Land Company, hired Martin to open a land office in the station to serve hopeful settlers. Among the names of well-known settlers who left memoirs of their frontier days, passing through the station were John Redd, William Calk, Richard Henderson, Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark.
Martinís Station Today
Wilderness Road State Park is one of Virginia's newest state parks. About 200 acres are open for picnicking, hiking and living history programs. Visitors can enjoy the reconstructed Martin's Station, an outdoor living history museum depicting life on Virginia's 1775 frontier and hike the 12-mile Wilderness Road Trail linking the park with the 50 miles of trails within the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The late 1870s mansion is available for weddings, meetings and other special functions. Unique regional gifts are available at the Wilderness Road Outpost. The park offers seasonal living history programs depicting life in the mid-1700s on Virginia's frontier. Special events: Raid at Martin's Station in April and Wilderness Road Festival in October. Location: 5 miles west of Ewing, off U.S. 58, at the intersection of Route 923.