John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off



2023 sees the return of the John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off on Saturday, May 20th.

10 AM to 4 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.

Open 10 AM to 4 PM

See Demonstrations

  • pottery
  • blacksmithing
  • tinsmithing
  • Spring cooking
  • spinning
  • paper marbling
  • candle dipping
  • apothecary

11:30 – 4   Piano Recital

Food Service by the Sperry – Davis VFW Post 9151 Auxiliary

Multiple Vendors on Site


Sponsored by


Martin Ventures LLC  & Schillace Law Office