Annual ‘Hammer In’ At Fort New Salem This Weekend

Fort New Salem is open for the season and continues to host its monthly events to help preserve the historical and cultural aspects of 19th Century West(ern) Virginia.

This Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th, Fort New Salem will offer the return of the popular ‘Hammer-In’, a weekend of learning workshops that will feature demonstrations as well as numerous artisans in various cabins at the Fort.

Have you always wanted to “learn how to do that”?  If so, this early June event is the place to be.  On June 3rd, the Fort will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on June 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The tentative workshop lineup includes: blacksmithing, tinsmithing, basket making, feather tree making, turkey wing broom making, Josephine Knott egg basket making, and more!

While there will be much going on, the feature for the weekend is blacksmithing.  Individuals interested in receiving instruction on blacksmithing can register for a hands-on workshop that will last all day for two days.  The registration fee is $55, which includes general admission for one or both days.  Past attendees have made wall hooks, spoons and forks.  Registration is available on site.

General workshops are 90 minutes long and have various registration fees depending on the class.  Visit the Fort’s website ( for the complete fee, schedule and latest details.

General admission to Fort New Salem is $5 for the event with visitors age ten and under admitted free.  The Fort will be offer the public general tours each day as well.

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