Mary Ingles Encampment Bound for Beech Fork Sept. 18-20 ; Living History Portrayals Scheduled during Weekend

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Mary Ingles Encampment Bound for Beech Fork Sept. 18-20 ; Living History Portrayals Scheduled during Weekend


The Mary Ingles Trail Associates will present the 2015 Legacy of Mary Ingles encampment and living history event at Beech Fork State Park Sept. 18-20. This year marks the 260th anniversary of Mary Ingles' odyssey in 1755 as she was captured by, and escaped from, Shawnee Indians.

The author of "Follow the River and many other books, James Alexander Thom, accompanied by his wife, Dark Rain Thom, author of "The Shawnee: Kohkumthena's Grandchildren and "Warrior Woman, are special guests of the event. The Thoms will be featured Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for book signings and to meet the authors. "Fire in the Water, J.A. Thom's new Civil War novel that will not officially be available until Oct. 15, is likely to be available in hardcover for autographing, as well.

Also featured will be first-person dramatic portrayals that will educate as well as entertain. On Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Edwina Ziegler, accompanied by fiddler Joe Dobbs, will portray Ingles. Robert (Bob) Weiford will portray salt magnate Dr. J.P. Hale at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. Hale is the great-grandson of Ingles.

Living history performer Becky Park will portray Ingles' daughter, Rhoda Ingles, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Encampment visitation for school-age groups, both public and home- schooled, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18. There will be living history skills demonstrations, hands-on activities and dramatic portrayals from characters that influenced Ingles' life.

A campfire program at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at the Beech Fork State Park campground with Doug Wood as Cherokee war captain Ostenaco, is open to the public and is made possible by West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive! project.

The Legacy of Mary Ingles weekend is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20. Activities feature book signings, living history demonstrations, tomahawk throw and lacrosse, as well as more dramatic presentations and explorations into the lives of some of the people who influenced Ingles' life. …

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