Schneider's Fort

Visit Schneider's Fort in Washington Park

Saturday & Sunday, 11AM - 5PM, Each Day Activities May Vary
The activities at Washington Park Schneider’s Fort Site are organized and coordinated through the hard work of the staff and volunteers of the Washington County Historical Society.

This faithful reproduction of a typical frontier fort was built by the Washington County Historical Society. Travel into the past and see the 18th-century come to life. Visit the tavern, trading post, native village, and federal encampment. See cooking demos and distilling displays. Learn about 18th-century weapons, experience cannon, and musket demonstrations.

Activities Include:

  • Visiting with crafters and demonstrators.
  • Experience the Allegheny Valley Uprising, a battle re-enactment portraying the Federal Armies attempt at raising a liberty pole against the Whiskey Rebels. The re-enactment will be held at Schneider’s Fort at 3:30PM.
  • Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Children’s Muster.
  • Drilling Demonstrations, 18th-century Weapon Display, talks concerning 18th-century weapons will occur throughout the day.
  • Woodworking/Shaving Horse Demonstrations, Flint-knapping Demonstrations, Blacksmithing Demonstrations.
  • Talks on Native American Encampment, Native Americans in the Pennsylvania Frontier, Federal Army Encampment, the 18th-century Trading Post, and Tin Man Roy throughout the day.
  • Visit The Hangman’s Noose Tavern, located at the Kennedy Log House. See 18th-century Tavern Display, Sample Traditional 18th-century drinks, enjoy Tavern Talk Presentations throughout the day, Witness Campfire and Earthen Oven Cooking Demonstrations.

Saturday Fort Site Activities - 11:00AM to 5:00PM

Children’s Activities

Frontier Pony Rides and Petting Zoo – 12:00PM to 3:00PM

Children’s Muster – 1:30PM
Federal Army instructs kids of all ages on how to drill as the soldiers do.
Drilling Demonstrations
Federal Army Encampment

Displays and Demonstrations

18th-century Weapons Display
Talks concerning weapons throughout the day.

Woodworking/Shaving Horse Demonstrations

Flint-knapping Demonstrations

Blacksmithing Demonstrations

Canon Demonstrations – 1:30PM & 2:30PM

Native American Encampment
Discussions on Native Americans in the Pennsylvania Frontier throughout the day.

Tin Man Roy
Talks about the Trading Post throughout the day.

The Hangman’s Noose Tavern
Located at the Hughes Log House.
18th-century Tavern Display.
Samples of Traditional 18th-century Tavern Drinks
Tavern Talk Presentations throughout the day.
Campfire and Earthen Oven Cooking Demonstrations

Battle Reenactment – Allegheny Valley Uprising at 3:30PM
Reenactment will be held at Schneider’s Fort. The battle between the Federal Army and the Whiskey Rebels as the Federals attempt to stop the raising of a liberty pole.

Sunday Fort Site Activities - 11:00AM to 4:00PM

18th-century Weapons Display
Woodworking/Shaving Horse Demonstrations
Flint-knapping Demonstrations
Native American Encampment
Federal Army Encampment
18th-century Trading Post
Tin Man Roy
The Hangman’s Noose Tavern

Sunday Speakers

12:00PM – The History Behind the Hangman’s Noose Tavern
12:30PM – Applegate’s School of Needlework
1:00PM – Weapons of the Pennsylvania Frontier
1:30PM – Tin-smithing Demonstration
2:00PM – Life in the Federal Army
2:30PM – Blacksmithing Demonstrations
3:00PM – Things That Go Boom – Canon and Musket Demonstrations

Reenactment Groups Both Days

8th PA Regiment
Ranger of the Ohio Company
Waynes Fourth Sub-Legion
Oliver Miller Homestead
Whiskey Jug Rangers
Applegate’s School of Needlework
West Moreland Rifles
Swearengin’s Militia

Sutlers and Vendors Both Days

Red Lady Bakery
Old Plank Forge
Millcreek Trading Post
Wm. “Wild Willy” Frankfort Horns and Scrimshaw
Hearth Fare Goods
Wylde Celt Forge
Jason Harper Flintknapper
JP Leatherworks
Ghost in the Head Native American Beadwork
Roy Phillips Tinsmith

Sutlers and Vendors – at the Fort Site in Washington Park Saturday & Sunday Only

*A sutler is a civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army in the field, in camp, or in quarters. Sutlers sold wares from the back of a wagon or a temporary tent, traveling with an army or to remote military outposts.
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