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Fort Pitt Block House

601 Commonwealth Pl, Building C, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
+1 412-471-1764
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Warn visitors about the muskets!

While very interesting, & a treat to come across in the middle of the modern landscape, I found the... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Louisville, Kentucky
Historic, fast and FUN. A++++

This is located in Point State Park, just outside the entrance to Fort Pitt Museum. The museum fee... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Patricia A
Chicago, Illinois
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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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601 Commonwealth Pl, Building C, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
+1 412-471-1764

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Reviewed 12 June 2017

While very interesting, & a treat to come across in the middle of the modern landscape, I found the occasional "firing" of the musket for demonstration quite lamming. With so many concerns these days in public areas, there should be a prominent sign placed in...More

Thank jlouisville
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

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...More

12  Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is located just outside of the Fort Pitt Museum. Unfortunately, it was not open the 2 days we were in the area. But, it was great to be able to see it up close and personal. Hard to imagine so many families lived in...More

Thank Vicki A
Reviewed 28 April 2017

This is a great piece of history, located in Point State Park. While this small, one room building may take just a few minute to visit, it's definitely worth the time. It's the only remaining original structure from Fort Pitt and there is quite a...More

1  Thank Brock M
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The remains of this British fort from the French Indian War timeframe is a relic of our country's past. It is a short walk from down town and doesn't take much time to check out. There is a museum co-located and the outlines of the...More

1  Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The block house is the only remaining structure from Fort Pitt, and is a great addition to your visit to the Fort Pitt museum. It just takes a few minutes to explore, but is free.

Thank Jonathan K
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Great piece of history with many new facts to learn on your tour. See how Pittsburgh started and why it lasted.

Thank fjmccarl
Reviewed 1 March 2017

See the oldest structure in the city of Pittsburgh, an original hold over from the time prior to the Revolutionary War. Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters if the American Revolution maintain this historic structure and it's exciting place in American History for all who care...More

1  Thank Stewies_Mom
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Located at the Point, it's a great little piece of history that's still standing. It's only open on Wednesdays from 10 am to noon. Admission is free. Packed with memorabilia and artifacts, it's an extremely well-preserved little house. A tiny souvenier counter is available with...More

1  Thank Laura H
Reviewed 4 December 2016

My wife and I visited this free site during our visit to Point State Park. It's separate from nearby Fort Pitt Museum but a good companion. The Daughters of the American Revolution saved this old historic site from demolition. The block house was one of...More

Thank Thomas K
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