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The Aracoma Story

Chief Logan State Park

Liz SpurlockTheatre


Logan, WV



From the website:


Logan County, West Virginia, lays claim to one of America's most romatic legends, the story of Princess Aracoma and British Soldier, Boling Baker. The story grew in Logan County around the authentic details of an incident in the history of the region more than 200 years ago.  The story asserts that Princess Aracoma and Boling Baker moved into this valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island (today's City of Logan) until 1780.


The Aracoma Story blends tales of the Shawnee Indians with the story of young love. Boling Baker, a scout from General Braddock's Army, is captured by the Shawnee who are led by Chief Cornstalk. He is rescued from death by Cornstalk's daughter, Aracoma, and adopted into the tribe that moved to the island in the Guyandotte Valley. The drama tells how Baker and Aracoma's people were weakened by disease and how a raid, lead by Baker to steal horses, ended in the destruction of this adoptive tribe.


The modernized telling of this classic story, The Aracoma Story - Spirits & Legends, debuted in 2009 and has quickly become one of the most talked about TASI productions in years.  The show was adapted from the original script by Bill France and Geoff Allen, both former cast members of the show.




To See The Schedule For The Upcoming Season: 





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I was the Music Director at a production of “Annie” here in 1985, and all of these folks were involved.  We had a small reunion during a visit in 2005.  From Left to Right:  Me, Eddie Eiland (clarinetist), Liz Spurlock (matriarch and supporter of the Aracoma Story productions, and namesake of the theatre), Don Elkins and Elnora Elkins (band members and former owners of a large music store in Logan).





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Entrance to the Outdoor Theatre







View of the stage





Real seats were installed in recent years.  Before that, it was long, split logs to sit on. 






Scene from “The Aracoma Story”







Another scene from “The Aracoma Story”







The wedding scene from “The Aracoma Story”





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In addition to the Aracoma Story, there is usually a musical presented each summer for 4 – 6 weeks. 

When I visited in 2005, they were presenting “The Wizard of Oz”. 





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While you’re here, take time to visit downtown Logan. 





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View of Logan from across the river. 




Plan on exploring and/or staying at the Chief Logan State Park.


From their website: 


Chief Logan State Park is located in the heart of West Virginia's southern coalfields. Chief Logan State Park is four miles north of the town of Logan. The park and town share the name of the Chief of the Cayuga Tribe (also known as the Mingo tribe).

This 4,000-acre park is one of the most visited in the state park system. The park features a 25-site campground, outdoor amphitheater, and wildlife center. The recreation enthusiast can enjoy miles of hiking trails, a swimming pool with water slide, tennis, and miniature golf. Picnic shelters and playgrounds are found throughout the park. 

The state park is home to the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater and the WV Division of Culture and History’s Museum in the Park.

If you drop by to visit friends or family in the Logan area and you find they are not home, there’s a good chance they’re at Chief Logan State Park for a picnic or hike or perhaps fishing or camping.


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