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Join The Treasure Mountain Festival, Civil War Living History Camps, And Fort Seybert While Visiting Franklin, West Virginia

In September near my hometown in Franklin, which is located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia on Route 33 is where we join the festivities at the Treasure Mountain Festival. Franklin, West Virginia, a small town, located in Pendleton County, is considered one of West Virginia's best-kept secrets, and named in honor of Edmund Pendleton. As you drive through Pendleton County you cannot help but admire the simple beauty of the scenic landscape of forested mountains and fertile valleys at the headwaters of the South Branch of the Potomac River.

Treasure Mountain Festival commemorates an Indian attack, in the 1700's on local settlers. Fort Seybert is named for Captain Jacob Seybert of Pendleton County, and is one of the earliest structures built in the area. It later became a safe haven during Indian uprisings. Ft. Seybert was attacked by Shawnee Indians led by Chief Killbuck. The settlers were killed or carried off to become slaves and a pot of valuables were taken by the Indians. While traveling back to their village, the Indians crossed some rugged territory and left the pot of valuables behind.

Many have searched for the treasure, but as it has never been recovered, the locals celebrate with a festival commemorating the event. As I enjoy history, I enjoy watching the re-enactment of the Massacre at Fort Seybert and the burning of the fort. I love attending the festival, being with my friends, and walking through our local town and seeing all the displays of crafts. There are contests for those who wish to take part–musket loading, archery, old time fiddling, and wood chopping. Travelers can also visit the Civil War Living History Camps located at Dalen's Field during the festive event. The Treasure Mountain Festival is truly fun for the whole family.

Near Beckley, West Virginia I visited Tamarack which sells all kinds of crafts, at amazingly reasonable prices, that have been made or manufactured in West Virginia. While shopping at Tamarack you can grab a bite to eat or stop by to watch glass makers make vases and other glass items. I personally recommend that you try Tamarack's ice cream. Tamarack is also known to feature the nation's first statewide collection of handmade craft, art and cuisine showcasing demonstrations, and wonderful theatre presentations, live musical performance, and more in a intimate 180-seat theater.

By Sierra Berg

Getting There:

Explore historic sites, attractions, recreation, and more to experience in the Franklin area by visiting the Pendleton County Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitpendleton.com/.