Blockhouse
Point State Park

August 9
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where can you see George Washington and Mayor Bill Peduto participating in patriotic traditions within earshot of each other? This weekend at the Fort Pitt Block House located in Point State Park, of course.

As part of the celebration for its 250th anniversary year, the Fort Pitt Block House will hold a free and fully loaded day of outdoor events for all ages on Saturday, August 9th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the celebration—which commemorates Pittsburgh’s oldest authenticated structure—history will be remembered with re-enactors and demonstrations from the Block House’s storied past.

On the historical guest list are George Washington, first to suggest an English fort at the Point, and Colonel Henry Bouquet, commander and commissioner of the three defensive redoubts that became the Fort Pitt Block House today.

Also on the front line for the anniversary celebration are informative lectures, a raising of the Red Ensign flag that recalls the days of an English-owned Pittsburgh, 18th century cannon shots, Yankee drumming, a performance by Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, a blacksmith forge, pit saw, log hewing and much more.

At 2 p.m. Mayor Peduto will be on hand to participate in the Block House’s 250th Commemoration Ceremony.

First constructed in 1764 as one of Fort Pitt’s military redoubts, the brick structure has served many purposes throughout its history—from a private family dwelling to a multi-family home to a candy shop.

For the 250th anniversary celebration, admission to the Fort Pitt Museum is reduced to $2.50.

To view the full lineup of events, visit the website.

Maeve McAllister

Maeve has just completed her freshman year at Wellesley College, where she plans to major in Economics. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, and a lifelong resident of Shadyside, she is a graduate of The Ellis...