A group of militia re-enactors known as the Whiskey Jug Rangers are reconstructing a structure to the specifications of the original Rice’s Fort at McGuffey Community Park near Claysville that they will attack Saturday and Sunday during the Covered Bridge Festival.
On Sept. 14, 1782, Rice’s Fort was attacked by Wyandot and Shawnee Indians after they were repulsed from a battle at Fort Henry in Wheeling, W.Va.
Rice’s Fort stood in what is now the vicinity of Dutch Fork Lake in Donegal Township. There is a historical marker near the site of the original fort, noting, in part, that this and the battle at Fort Henry are two of the final battles of the Revolutionary War and were significant in the history of this part of the country.
In addition to the re-enactment near the Brownlee Covered Bridge, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, cannon demonstrations, craft and flea vendors, face-painting, bands, food and chainsaw art.