FRENCH & INDIAN WAR SITES IN PENNSYLVANIA
Explore the fortifications along the Forbes Road
The Fort Pitt Museum, located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot museum that presents the story of Western Pennsylvania’s essential role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh.
Fort Ligonier was an active British army fort through the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763 and during the pan-Indian uprising known as Pontiac’s War (1763-1765). After the successful conclusion to the Forbes Campaign in November of 1758, construction of the new British Fort Pitt at the site of Fort Duquesne began.
The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. The stage was set for the American Revolution.
Bushy Run Battlefield is the site of the decisive battle between forces led by Col. Henry Bouquet, en route to relieve a besieged Fort Pitt, and several allied Native American nations on August 5-6, 1763, during the conflict known as Pontiac's War. Bushy Run is also the only recognized Native American battlefield in Pennsylvania.