Plans are underway, and approvals have been given to move the "Old Fort" from it's current location to a much more suitable and safe site within the main park .
The site that has been chosen is in the back corner of a large open area that is located across the lake from the Nature Center. The Fort will be placed near the edge of the woods in the back corner of the clearing.
As much as is possible, work will be done using 18th century tools, and techniques. This really means that quite a lot of manual labor will be involved, so it will be necessary to recruit a lot of willing volunteers to assist with the work. There will be craftsmen and other knowledgeable people involved at each step, so if you have a desire to participate but lack the skills involved, come anyway. You may learn skills that are fast disappearing from our modern world.
The first phase of the plan is to move the existing structure to this location. During and following the move, the structure will be evaluated, and as quickly as possible, will be rehabilitated and preserved. A new roof will be installed, and the fireplace and chimney rebuilt to make it safe and useable. As soon as the structure is stable, safe, and able to receive visitors, it will be reopened to the public. Because of the sensitivity of the structure, it will only be open when one of the volunteer staff is available to be on site. This is much as it has been for the last several years.
The second phase of the plan is a bit more ambitious, as it involves erecting a stockade of the type that was typical of frontier trading posts and stronghouses of the period. This portion will proceed once adequate funding and materials stores have been obtained. This will require obtaining large numbers of trees of a suitable size to build the walls and framing with. It will also require a lot of manpower and plain old hard work.
The third phase of the plan is to build a blacksmith's shop, a woodwrights shop, and other support structures that would have been part of a frontier trading post. Along with these will be quarters for the employees of the trading company.
The fourth phase, will be to obtain or create representative dwellings of the frontier families in this region and time, and create a small village around the Fort.
Your comments and suggestions are welcome, and you may send them to the Fort Yargo Living History Society by going to the Contact Us page.
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