John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off



Our 2024 season opens with the 11th annual John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off on Saturday, May 18th.

10 AM to 5 PM

Join us for a day of family fun. This event is named in honor of John Randolph, the founder of Fort New Salem. John, then a professor at Salem College, was the visionary who in the late 1960’s saw a need to preserve our regions Appalachian heritage. In the 1970’s John efforts led to the development of the Fort New Salem campus with many of the cabins being brought in during that time.

Fort New Salem traditionally opens its season with this event.  This special one-day event featuring live demonstrations by various artisans.

Join us for a special presentation by the City of Salem honoring our 50th Anniversary along with a re-dedication of a commemorative plaque honoring the pioneers of the area at 1 PM

Singing by the Clarksburg Madrigals at 1:30 PM

Food Service by the Sperry – Davis VFW Post 9151 Auxiliary

See Demonstrations throughout the day including:

  • blacksmithing
  • tin smithing
  • multiple fireplace spring cooking demonstrations
  • spinning
  • heritage toys
  • “Appalachian Heritage Food Sampler”
  • paper marbling
  • candle dipping
  • “Colonial Herbs”
  • live music

General Admission is $7 with children 10 and under admitted free.


Sponsored in 2024 by


Martin Ventures, LLC