Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story

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Join us in making history, as one of Virginia’s heroines, Mary Draper Ingles, tells her story of strength and determination that reunited her with her family after being captured by Native Americans in 1755.


“The Long Way Home” was designated as the official historical outdoor drama of the Commonwealth, and was held annually in Radford, VA from 1971-1999. The play told the story of Mary’s capture, life among the Native Americans, and her eventual escape and journey of hundreds of miles through Appalachia to return to her home in the New River Valley.

On the last Sunday of every month this summer in the sunken garden at Nesselrod Bed and Breakfast this story will be retold as a dramatic reading. Mark Gordon, the owner of Nesselrod Bed and Breakfast stated, “I am just honored to be able to have this amazing story retold on my property.” Radford University tourism professor Joshua Carroll said “It’s truly an incredible story that everyone should hear, and having it performed once again in Radford, along the river, where Mary lived out the rest of her days, makes for a powerful performance.” Carroll is helping to organize the performance season, and adds “I also think it will be good for the City of Radford, as this can be one of the tourism draws that helps to define a place.” Other sites of interest in Radford that help tell the story of her journey include an elegant bronze statue, an obelisk at Westview Cemetery and a documentary video at the Radford Visitor’s Center.

Tickets are now on sale via a link on the Nesselrod website (http://www.nesselrod.com/) for both general admission and dinner theater seats. Dinner theater tickets are $45 and will provide patrons with reserved seats at the front of the amphitheater and dinner before the performance. A limited amount of dinner tickets will be available so please purchase these in advance. General admission tickets are $10 and guests are asked to bring a chair or blanket.

Performance dates are:

Sunday, July 30th

Sunday, August 27th

Sunday, September 24th