The Fort Pitt Block House

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Beginning with its construction in 1764, the story of the Fort Pitt Block House is one that spans nearly three centuries of Pittsburgh history. The Block House was originally constructed as a defensive redoubt for Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War. After the conflicts on the Pennsylvania frontier ended, the brick-laid building served as a trading post for wares and munitions, and in the nineteenth century, it played host to families and even a candy shop. In 1894, the only surviving structure of Fort Pitt was gifted to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Though the building was threatened by demolition for the expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Daughters of the American Revolution fought to preserve this historic treasure for Pittsburgh. Join site curator and author Emily M. Weaver as she chronicles the remarkable history of the Fort Pitt Block House.
ISBN: 9781609499334
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Landmarks
Images: 54
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Emily M. Weaver received her MA in public history from Duquesne University. She is the curator of the Fort Pitt Block House and a resident of Pittsburgh. She is also a former volunteer with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
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