Fort Pitt Block House
Fort Pitt Block House
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The Fort Pitt Block House was originally constructed in 1764 as a defensive redoubt for Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War. As the Block House is the only surviving structure left of Fort Pitt, it holds much significance to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. The oldest authenticated structure in Western Pennsylvania, it is part of the National Historic Landmark of the Forks of the Ohio.The building was first used to defend the fort from Native American Indian attacks during the mid-18th century. After the British abandoned Fort Pitt in 1772, the Block House was used as a trading post for a number of years. During the American Revolution Fort Pitt served as the western headquarters for the Continental Army. Following the Revolution the United States Army decided to slowly dismantle the fort and replace it with a smaller garrison called Fort Fayette.The Block House survived the demolition of Fort Pitt because it was converted into a single-family dwelling in 1785. Over the next one hundred years, different families of various sizes, classes and backgrounds lived in the Block House. In the 1840s it became a multi-family tenement with a family living in the upstairs room and another family living downstairs. During the 19th century the Point District, the former area of Fort Pitt and where the Block House is located, became one of the poorest and most densely populated neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. In 1894 the Block House was gifted to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) by the structure’s owner, Mary Schenley. An extensive initial restoration was needed to convert the Block House back to its original form. In 1902, the structure faced possible demolition to make way for the construction of warehouses and railway terminals. The Fort Pitt Society, an all-female and all volunteer group, stood up to the Pennsylvania Railroad and powerful industrialists such as Henry Clay Frick to save the Block House – something unheard of at the time. The Block House has survived numerous floods throughout its history, most recently in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan when the water reached halfway up the building’s stone foundation.Under the guardianship of the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Allegheny County the Block House has remained free and open to the public as a historical site and museum for almost 120 years. Privately owned and operated the Block House receives no state or federal funding and each year welcomes more than 20,000 visitors from local school children to international tourists. It has been described by many as the “jewel of Point State Park.”
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davisellu
Baltimore, Maryland557 contributions
We stopped to go to the museum and see what was left of Ft. Pitt-- the museum was closed (for all of January 2020) and the building was locked, so it ended up just being a chance to stretch our legs. There's a parking lot ($7) on the other side of the freeway and good signage for and up and down stairs circuitous route over to the park, museum, and building. I'm glad there's at least one old building left, it's hard to think of Pittsburgh as a frontier town, but at least you can see a remnant.
Written January 18, 2020
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Hank956
Brownsville, TX1,058 contributions
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What a great place to visit

There is a museum but it was closed early in the morning when I went there.

Love the history of the fort and the layout of the fort is highlighted in white.

The blockhouse is supposed to be the oldest building in the city.
Mindblowing.

A great place for history buffs.

Make time to visit.
Written February 6, 2020
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Patricia A
Chicago, IL469 contributions
Family
This is located in Point State Park, just outside the entrance to Fort Pitt Museum. The museum fee is $8 for adults, $7 seniors and $4.50 for youth.
It is free to enter this small, one room building (The Block House) but it's loaded with history and definitely worth the time. It is the only surviving original structure from Fort Pitt.
It's a short walk from town, and just around the corner from Point State Park and the fountain. I would highly recommend it, it was a lot of fun to see!
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Written June 4, 2017
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QuickWhitTravel
Washington DC, DC4,067 contributions
Couples
This is a truly historic building! A huge percentage of it is original to the eighteenth century, and I learned so much here! I could have spent all day in here talking to the director/curator, and there were even reenactors outside cooking over a fire. Please don't miss it!
Written May 16, 2013
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corniemom
Colonia, NJ85 contributions
Friends
Locate in the Point State Park right outside the Museum. It only take a few minutes but the history it great.
Written August 6, 2013
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Joseph C
Louisville, KY63 contributions
Solo
My family is from Pittsburgh and until recently I was not aware of the Fort Pitt Block House. I decided while I was in the city that I wanted to go see this. The day I went was also a Steelers game and late on a Sunday so I could not take the tour. It was surprising to me to learn this was here beginning in 1764; before out country was our country AND that George Washington as a major fought a battle here as part of the French and Indian war predating the American Revolution. Anyway, standing in front of the Block House it just seems like it is not much. Walking back toward the exit from the park however is a map detailing the Fort and how it covered the Point. Seeing this one small piece in combination with the Block House itself was stunning. This really is under appreciated. I wish I would have had time to visit the museum. I am sure that would have solidified seeing this part of our history unbeknownst to many including me until visiting.
Written November 5, 2014
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slicemanMunhall_PA
Munhall, PA2 contributions
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Pittsburgh is blessed to have at its center a National Treasure in the Fort Pitt Block House. I've visited the block house my entire life and never get tired of looking at it and imagining the history that took place there. The block house has seen a new life in the ongoing preservation efforts, and we, as protectors of our heritage, are obligated to maintain its integrity for all future generations.
Written October 3, 2013
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scribblin
Sandy, UT389 contributions
Couples
What a surprise! Walking up to the Block House, I thought, "Wow, that's small. There must not be much to it." Wrong! Definitely go visit this. Sure, the building is small, but the displays and information provided inside concisely portray a ton of history in a very interesting way. Note the dates of major floods running up the wall (way overhead!), and check out the gun slits soldiers used to defend the area. The Block House is just really cool, and it is well worth your time.
Written October 17, 2014
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Donna S
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
Solo
Granted that I'm a history nut, but even so, I thought this place was awesome. It's only 1 large room (plus a peak-in attic), but the history and artifacts are cool, and the curator was amazing - just full of interesting stories! Don't miss it! And it's free, tho donations are welcome.
Written September 27, 2013
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rocknroll52
Bala Cynwyd, PA4,980 contributions
Couples
If you are down near Point State Park, take a look inside the only remaining original building from Fort Pitt. The blockhouse has some interested artifacts, and you can also look out through the gun loops.
Written September 1, 2013
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