The Treasure Mountain Festival takes place in Franklin, the county seat of Pendleton County, the third weekend in September. A festival of this size can only take place with the hard work, experience and dedication of local volunteers. If you are interested in attending their monthly meetings and helping out, please call (304) 358-3261.

Schedule of Events
Photos of Previous Festivals

Arts & Crafts & Vendors
(304) 358-2474
General Information & Flea Market (304) 249-5117
Food Vendor Applications (540) 828-4751

- David Hartman,Alan Miller (304) 358-3298
Vice-president - Cliff Rohrer
Secretary - Audre Hoffman
Treasurer - Elise White

Festival Activity Organizers
Overall - Carolyn Simmons
Afternoon Old-fashioned Tea - Anita Simmons

Antique Tractors, Cars & Engines - Buster & Pam Waybright
Beard & Mustache Contest - Gene McConnell & Jim Brown
Children's Games - Frisky Lambert
Country Store - Nila Bland
Crafts & Craft Demonstrations - Alan Miller
Festival Guide - Mike Mallow, Elise White
Flea Market - Willard & Pam Jackson
Food Booths - Cliff Rohrer
Music - Paula Mitchell, Darlene Nelson
Parade - Eugene & Jennifer Alexander
Period Costumes - Debbie Nelson
Pumpkin Growing Contest - Susan Simmons
Queen Pageant - Shanna Eye, Betty Kimble, Marilyn Propst, Monica Smith
Quilt Show - Sew & Sews Quilt Guild
Storytelling - Liz Warner
Walking Tour - Tom Firor
Youth Heritage Pageant - Jennifer Cook, Lisa Roberson


The Origin of the Treasure Mountain Festival Shortly after 1758, the year in which Killbuck and a band of Shawnee Indians attacked Fort Seybert, those settlers who escaped massacre gave the following account of their captivity.

After leaving the site of the fort, the Indians led the settlers along a pathway, still known as the Indian Trail, which crosses South Fork Mt. through Deane's Gap, the Deer Run area and Greenawalt Gap to the site of Fort Upper Tract. From there they journeyed through Germany Valley, Seneca and on to their destination in the Ohio River Valley.

The valued possessions and treasures belonging to the settlers were collected in an iron kettle, a pole was inserted through the handle, and two braves carried the treasure. As trudging up the east slope of the South Fork Mt. became more burdensome and fear of pursuit made faster travel advisable, the two Indians fell behind the traveling group.

When they joined the captives and Indians, they were empty-handed; apparently they had hidden the treasure in the mountain. That they later returned to claim their valuables is doubtful, as this was their last known visit to the area.

In the years since, many local inhabitants have believed so strongly in the treasure's existence, that they searched the still-visible mountain trail.

While no one has succeeded in uncovering this ancient "pot of gold," treasures far more valuable and bountiful have been discovered in the way of natural beauty and friendly inhabitants.

The Treasure Mountain Festival is held each year to remember those settlers and to celebrate the treasures all around us.

Articles of interest from the West Virginia Division of Culture & History Archives:

1. The Fort Seybert Massacre Grant County Press May 13, 1937 New Interpretations of Fort Seybert by Mrs. Lee Keister Talbot

2. Fort Seybert Massacre Extracted from Chronicles of Border Warfare by Alexander Scott Withers Edited and Annotated by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1895)

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