RESHAPE THE FUTURE - SAVE THE ICON
Fort New Salem is a representative frontier log house settlement of nineteenth century North Central Western Virginia/West Virginia. The village of over 18 relocated log structures was created as an extension of the Salem University campus in the early 1970's. The Fort opened to the public in 1974. Fort New Salem is a living history outdoor museum interpreting the history, crafts and lifestyles of the area. It is surrounded by tree covered hills and takes its visitors into another lifetime when work and leisure activities reflected the values and traditions of the community and the Appalachian culture of her people. We interpret the early 1800's. Historically, among the numerous seasonal activities held at the fort is "The Spirit of Christmas in the Mountains". This nationally recognized event is a joyous celebration of the traditional folk-ways found in observance of Christmas in the 1800's. Fort New Salem is currently closed on a day to day basis but hosts numerous tours and special events annually.
Since December 2005, Fort New Salem has been under the private ownership and operation of the Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc. We are a West Virginia Not For Profit Corporation and an IRS 501C3 so your donation may be tax deductible (consult your tax accountant). As we progress in our redevelopment, the scope of projects increase in magnitude. In 2015, we kicked off our “RESHAPE THE FUTURE” campaign designed to greatly change the appearance and future of Fort New Salem. Initially this project was to involve:
The Old Admin Building
The Block House
The Reynolds House
The Green Tree Tavern
Our fund raising has done well but recently been stagnant. At the same time, our involved buildings needed addressed quickly. It has brough us to the key fourth component. Before we detail it, let us tell you about the first three parts and our success.
OLD ADMIN BUILDING Work was done on the Old Admin Building, in an urgent manner, giving it a new shake roof and structural repairs. to stabilize it. Ultimately this has become a classroom for teaching heritage crafts and demonstrating children’s toys and games. DOMINION FOUNDATION awarded us a grant to improve access to this structure. That was completed in November 2018.
BLOCK HOUSE The Block House, closed to the public due to its condition for nearly 20 years, was showing rapid decay. In the summer of 2016, it was taken down, moved 30 feet to a new foundation and reassembled. It was framed in, on a solid foundation and under roof and completely restore with a grand (re)opening April 2019. Although they do not show in the donated total of phase 1, we have been blessed to receive lumber donation and in-kind services by the Good Neighbor Crew of the Salem Correctional Facility.
REYNOLDS HOUSE The relocation of the Reynolds House from US Rt 19 North of Clarksburg to our campus occurred in 2015. The Reynolds House (circa 1792) is reconstructed at our entrance as part of our new visitor center complex. It was stored as stacked wood in our parking lot for nearly 1.5 years. The second phase of the work was completed in August 2016. This brought the structure to a stage of being will be framed in, on a new foundation and under roof. It will NOT be a usable facility until more work is completed. In July 2018, DOMINION contributed to our cause by donating in kind work which installed 800 feet of gas line. This will allow us to bring heat to the Reynolds House and other key structures on our campus. In spring 2020 work begins on a front porch and the exterior (doors, window, chinking and daubing).
GREEN TREE TAVERN - SAVE THE ICON The restoration, rehabilitation and reopening of the Green Tree Tavern is important in our long-range plans. It is our signature structure and serves as our logo icon. The Green Tree is a visitor favorite for its fireplace and bar setting. It is in an advancing state of decay. Due to its cost, it is currently on hold and rapidly deteriorating. We had hoped to wait until all the funds were raised so that everything could be done together. Our foundation board decided to move forward as listed about to stabilize things. This request at gofundme will be used on the Green Tree Tavern for the following
1) dismantling of the structure, tagging and stacking logs
2) building a new foundation, stabilization of the chimney
3) replacement of approximately 10 logs
4) reconstruction of the log exterior
5) application of new shake roof
6) applying chinking & daubing
7) electrical service including lighting
9) apply doors
10) apply windows
11) construct stairs
12) apply door hardware and seek custom made period correct items as needed
13) construct back patio
Getting the first three structure done is huge in the development and future of Fort New Salem. The Block House represents the first structure established in our community around 1792. It shows the "safe house" settlers created. The Old Admin Building is a multipurpose structure. The Reynolds House will be or feature entry point to our campus. Visitors will pass through it to purchase their admission ticket and to frequent our gift shop. We have never had a climate-controlled place to show artist demonstrations. This will give us that opportunity.
Qualified donors* will be recognized on a permanent sign placed in the Reynolds House acknowledging their participation in the RESHAPE THE FUTURE campaign. Individual structures that are part of the RESHAPE THE FUTURE are marked on their individual signs,
GREAT THINGS CONTINUE TO HAPPEN AT FORT NEW SALEM. YOUR DONATION AND PARTICIPATION HELP US TO RESHAPE THE FUTURE OF OUR PAST!
For more information call 304-695-2220 or email email@example.com
*Donors of a minimum of $250 are listed individually on our sign. All donations are welcome!