Fort Pitt: Keystone of the Frontier

In the mid-18th century, the contest for control of the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains was far from decided. Among the relative newcomers to the region were Shawnee, Delaware, and Seneca Indians in search of autonomy in the Ohio Country, as well as military representatives from the two most powerful nations in the world: England and France.

The clash of these two great empires, which began in the backwoods of present day Western Pennsylvania, forever changed the course of world events, had powerful repercussions for Native America, and ultimately inspired thirteen rebellious colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain.

Explore these momentous events and their impact on our region in the permanent second floor exhibit, Fort Pitt: Keystone of the Frontier. The exhibit features two audio-visual presentations covering both the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, intricate dioramas of the earliest forts at the Point, and numerous artifacts, all of which paint a vivid picture of war, trade, adventure, and diplomacy on the 18th century frontier.

Guided Museum Tours

July – August 2017 | Saturdays & Sundays | Times vary
Call the Fort Pitt Museum at 412-281-9284 for more information.

Join a volunteer or staff docent on a highlights tour of both floors of the Fort Pitt Museum, including the Fort Pitt diorama, the Trader’s Cabin, and the main exhibits on the second floor. Following the tour, visitors are encouraged to re-visit displays and exhibits to learn more about Fort Pitt and the French & Indian War and the American Revolution.

Tour Length: 1 Hour

Guided tours of the Fort Pitt Museum will be available twice each Saturday and Sunday from June through August. Please contact the museum directly or check the Fort Pitt Museum Facebook page for specific times each weekend.