ALDERSON, W.Va. (AP) — An effort is underway to purchase the site of a frontier fort that was built to protect colonial settlers in the Greenbrier Valley before and during the Revolutionary War.

The Archaeological Conservancy, the West Virginia Land Trust and the Greenbrier Historical Society are seeking to raise $125,000 to buy the site of Arbuckle’s Fort and 25 acres surrounding it, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. After the purchase, the groups plan to create a public historical preserve with signs, trails and exhibits.

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The Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund has committed $25,000 for management of the proposed preserve.

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Arbuckle’s Fort was built by a local militia company commanded by Captain Matthew Arbuckle in 1774 on a knoll about 5 miles north of present-day Alderson. It was one of a series of forts to station troops and protect settlers from attack by native tribes.

The preserve would add “another place for people to stop and see, and learn about the area’s history,” said Margaret Hambrick, secretary-treasurer of the Greenbrier Historical Society.

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