Forts & Battlefields Around Pittsburgh

Hundreds of years ago, the wilderness of what would become western Pennsylvania was dotted with French and English forts. Many of these still stand today in one form or another. Several battles during the French and Indian War also took place in the Pittsburgh area and surrounding countryside. Explore the many forts and battlefields around Pittsburgh!

Fort Necessity Battlefield

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

3543 National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437

On July 3, 1754, Col. George Washington led the first battle on the French and Indian War at this site. Although he lost the battle, the British eventually won the war, paving the way for the Revolutionary War and America’s independence. The fort has been recreated, and the history of site well presented by the National Park Service to the public.Read more…

Fort Ligonier

Fort Ligonier

200 S Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658

In the 1760s, the British Fort Ligonier served as an important post between Fort Pitt to the west and more established territory to the east. Today, eight acres of the fort have been preserved with many reconstructions, within a 1,600-ft. retrenchment. There is also an expansive museum, with a history gallery, and art gallery, and a special George Washington collection.Read more…

Jumonville Glen Historical Site

Jumonville Glen Historical Site

732 Jumonville Rd, Hopwood, PA 15445

In these woods in 1754, a young George Washington fell into a skirmish with French troops that would ultimately lead to the French and Indian War.  The peaceful glen, with its rock outcrops, stands today much as it did back then.  If you are a nature lover and history buff, you won’t want to miss this one.Read more…