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OHIO COUNTRY MILITARY HERITAGE AREA

The mission of the Ohio Country Military Heritage Area is to cooperatively promote and encourage the exploration of historical sites of the 18th century Ohio Country region.

 
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Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh’s birthplace and a part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s museum system, providing visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred here in Western Pennsylvania. Learn about theimportant role our region played in the shaping of the United States. Experience the dramatic, wide-ranging story of the French and Indian War.

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Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Located on the original site of the Battle of the Monongahela, also known as Braddock’s Defeat. The museum’s exhibits interpret the fascinating and consequential history of the Battle that sent shock waves throughout the world.

Fort Ligonier Cannon

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Powerful stories come to life through the award-winning museum and recreated French and Indian War fort. Explore the authentically reconstructed British 1758 fort, the last in a string of fortifications built along the newly cut Forbes
Road began in Philadelphia, made Pittsburgh possible and changed world history. Walk the same ground as young Colonel George Washington.

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Fayette County, Pennsylvania

The site of George Washington’s first military action and the start of a War that set the stage for the American Revolution. Stand where the opening shots of the French and Indian War were fired. Also, visit the nearby sites of Mount Washington Tavern, Braddock’s grave and Jumonville Glen under the administration of the National Park Service.

Bushy Run Battlefield

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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. A volunteer organization committed to preserving and restoring Bushy Run Battlefield as a historical, educational and recreational resource for the community. Administrated by
the PHMC and is a part of the PA Trails of
History.

Fort Loudon

Franklin County, Pennsyvlania

A 1756 British fort built when England approved the construction of a line of forts to protect the settlers. Although the French and Indian War had calmed down in the lower colonies the Indians continued raiding the back settlements. Trade good companies continued to provide guns, powder, lead, etc., to the Indians. James Smith gathered a group of men (known as the Black Boys) to protect their lands, families, and stop the illegal trade. The Fort became the center of their struggles.

Fort Roberdeau

Blair County, Pennsyvlania

Fort Roberdeau was also known as The Lead Mine Fort. It was built in 1778, during the American Revolution and was occupied until 1780. Initial efforts were made in 1939-41 to reconstruct the fort. The stockade was finally reconstructed as a Bicentennial project in 1975-76.

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Mineral County, West Virginia

“Preserving the Past for the Education of the Future” Fort Ashby is one of the first two Forts ordered built by Colonel George Washington. See the letter that scolds Captain Ashby for his wife Jane selling rum to the men. Find out how a young Daniel Morgan began his military career at the end of a whip. Learn why most Indian tribes sided with the French.

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Erie County, Pennsylvania

Fort LeBoeuf, built in 1753 by French forces, was the destination of George Washington’s first public mission where he delivered an eviction notice to the French. The  LeBoeuf Museum in Waterford, PA tells the story of Northwest Pennsylvania’s involvement in the opening scenes of the French and Indian War through the stories of French, British, and their Native Allies. It would later become the site for subsequent
British and American forts carrying the same name.

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Tuscarawas County, Ohio

Fort Laurens is Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort. In early 1778, General George Washington prepared a military plan to attack the British. The plan was to attack Fort Detroit because the British were encouraging their Indian allies that were located north of the Ohio River to attack American settlements in the frontier regions.

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Westmoreland County, PA

This fort protected settlers in the region who were on the frontlines of the Revolutionary War's western campaign. It also served as a recruitment center for the Continental Line and militia units. On July 13, 1782, it was attacked by the Seneca and their British Allies in one of the last conflicts of the Revolutionary War. Guided tours are available and special events can be scheduled.