The New FortEdwards.org is Coming Soon!
2018 Calendar of Events
- The home page of our original site is here.
- The full Calendar of Events on our original site is here.
- The original Hampshire Family Frontier Day page is here.
Hampshire Family Frontier Day - Season Opening
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
- This fun-filled, family-friendly event is held at our site at 350 Cold Stream Road, in Capon Bridge, WV.
- See authentic reenactors and crafters interpret our site, as well as educate and share the artisanal skills of the colonial frontier. Maryland Forces will also display soldiers' skills and customs.
- Experience the lifestyle of Joseph Edwards and the other settlers of mid-eighteenth century Hampshire County.
- The first 25 attendees age 15 and under will receive a FREE tricorn hat!
- Admission to all the events is free this year, including our new exhibit.
(Donations are graciously accepted.)
NEW: Cherokee leader, Ostenaco (ca. 1703-1780) will be portrayed by Doug Wood in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! presentation.
Ostenaco was an important Cherokee ally of Virginia military leaders during the French and Indian War. He was instrumental in recruiting and leading the Indian alliance that provided support and protection for British colonial settlements against attack by northern tribes allied with the French. His sphere of influence extended over a wide area and his relationships with Virginia leaders contributed to the expansion of English-speaking peoples into present-day West Virginia.
Hampshire Family Frontier Day Note: Many other features of the day for your enjoyment include opening day for the Fort Edwards Visitor Center in Capon Bridge, WV; please check our directions to ensure your GPS has the correct road name.
NEW: We are excited to have 3Fires Oven Pizza as our food vendor this year!
About Fort Edwards
A Colonial Settler's Home and a French and Indian War Fort on the Virginia Frontier
Joseph Edwards was an early colonial settler from Pennsylvania arriving sometime around 1727-1742. In the late 1740s, George Washington surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and laid out several parcels for Joseph and his family of what is now present day Capon Bridge. During the early years of the French and Indian War (part of the Seven Years War), Joseph Edwards's property became the site of one of the many forts guarding the Virginia Frontier from the French and their Indian allies. The fort at Edwards was manned by Col. George Washington's Virginia Regiment.
The Battle of Great Cacapon
On April 18, 1756, a group of soldiers of Col. Washington's Virginia Regiment went in pursuit of a few Indians and were ambushed by over 100 French and Indian raiders. The ambush killed seventeen men and sent chills through the Burgesses in Williamsburg. This battle near Fort Edwards was the largest of the French and Indian War to have occurred in present West Virginia.
Unlike other fort sites used by the Colony of Virginia during the same period, the Edwards site has remained virtually undisturbed for nearly 250 years. It offers a rare look at a fort site of this period and may also provide a window into the life of native Americans and frontier settlers.
The Fort Edwards Foundation was formed in 1995, when plans for a seventy-unit townhouse development on the site of Joseph Edwards's home and fort reached an impasse, and the land became available for purchase. Recognizing the necessity to protect this important early Hampshire County site, several county residents decided to form a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation in order to protect and interpret the site, and to educate the public about its mid-eighteenth century historical significance.
Our Original Website
The Foundation presently holds title to twenty-three acres around the fort site and has built a Visitor Center for interpreting the site .Twice, the Foundation has conducted archaeological work and has several thousand relics from the 18th century in its possession.
Visitor Center Location & Features
Visitor Center will be open on weekends from June through the first weekend in October. Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm. For directions see the roadmap. For a Calendar of Events please click here. The Visitor’s Center also has books and souvenirs available. These items may also be purchased from our online store.
The Fort Edwards site is located along the northern boundary of Capon Bridge, in what is now West Virginia just north of U.S. 50. Only 20 miles west of Winchester, Virginia, the fort site is within a two hour ride from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and within three hours from Pittsburgh and Richmond. Situated along the scenic Cacapon River in eastern Hampshire County, it remains surrounded by fields, forests and mountains much as it was in the 1750's when France and England were in their final showdown for possession of the North American continent.