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Fort Ligonier

Explore this meticulously re-created 18th-century fort and see the artifacts housed in the intriguing history museum.

Fort Ligonier was an important British outpost during the French and Indian War. Gain insight into a crucial period in American history at this reconstructed fort site, set on an imposing hilltop in the Laurel Highlands.

During the mid-18th century, Great Britain and France battled over parts of North America and this fort was at the center of the action. It was first constructed in 1758 for British General John Forbes’ planned attack on France’s nearby Fort Duquesne. Maintained as a garrison for 8 years, Fort Ligonier was never taken by the enemy. 

Note how the fort has been rebuilt in its original form, with a 200-square-foot (19-square-meter) inner fort surrounded by a 1,600-foot (490-meter) outer retrenchment. Inspect the fort’s artillery, which includes a 6-pound (3-kilogram) field piece with a range of 2,000 yards (1,800 meters).

Explore the museum’s History Gallery, where you’ll find fragments of shoes worn by the troops, Conestoga wagon parts and other artifacts that have been excavated from the site. Be sure to watch the short George Washington Remembers video, which profiles Washington’s life during the French and Indian War.

Learn more about Washington’s life by reading his hand-written memoirs. These revealing documents chronicle his 6 years on the Pennsylvania frontier. See pistols that are believed to have been carried by Washington at Monmouth, Valley Forge, Yorktown and during the Whiskey Rebellion when he was president.

Examine Rembrandt Peale’s George Washington portrait, a depiction of Washington as a young Virginia officer. View 12 other original paintings by artists Carl Van Loo, Allan Ramsay, David Morier and Edward Penny.

Save time for The World Ablaze: An Introduction to the Seven Years’ War exhibit, which profiles the global aspects of this major war using hundreds of 18th-century objects gathered from around the world Fort Ligonier is open daily from April to November with shortened hours on Sundays. There is an admission fee and group and self-guided tours.

Fort Ligonier is located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands Region, 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.


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Ramada by Wyndham Ligonier $109
Ramada by Wyndham Ligonier

Ramada by Wyndham Ligonier

216 W Loyalhanna St, Ligonier, PA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ligonier, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Fort Ligonier and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Idlewild and SoakZone. Fallingwater is 32 mi (51.5 km) away.

    Thistledown At Seger House $150
    Thistledown At Seger House

    Thistledown At Seger House

    221 West Main, Ligonier, PA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ligonier, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Fort Ligonier and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Idlewild and SoakZone. Compass Inn Museum and Laural Mountain Ski Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Campbell House B&B $102
      Campbell House B&B

      Campbell House B&B

      305 E Main St, Ligonier, PA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Ligonier, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Fort Ligonier and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Compass Inn Museum. Idlewild and SoakZone and Lincoln Highway Experience are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Colonial House on Main
        Colonial House on Main

        Colonial House on Main

        231 WEST MAIN STREET, Ligonier, PA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Fort Ligonier and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Idlewild and SoakZone. Compass Inn Museum and Laural Mountain Ski Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Sunset Cottages and Motel
          Sunset Cottages and Motel

          Sunset Cottages and Motel

          1651 US-30, Ligonier, PA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ligonier, this motel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Fort Ligonier and within 6 mi (10 km) of Idlewild and SoakZone and Laural Mountain Ski Resort. Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Fallingwater are also within 32 mi (52 km).

            Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
            Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier

            Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier

            Ligonier, PA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Ligonier cabin is located in a rural location, 3 mi (4.9 km) from Fort Ligonier, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Idlewild and SoakZone and Compass Inn Museum. Laural Mountain Ski Resort and Lincoln Highway Experience are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Ligonier Country Inn
              Ligonier Country Inn

              Ligonier Country Inn

              1376 US Route 30 East, Ligonier, PA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ligonier, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Compass Inn Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Idlewild and SoakZone and Fort Ligonier. Laural Mountain Ski Resort and Jennerstown Speedway Complex are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Cute Cottage in Beautiful Forest Artistic Style & Charm A Ligonier Original
                Cute Cottage in Beautiful Forest Artistic Style & Charm A Ligonier Original

                Cute Cottage in Beautiful Forest Artistic Style & Charm A Ligonier Original

                Laughlintown, PA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this historic cabin is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Compass Inn Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Laurel Ridge State Park and Fort Ligonier. Idlewild and SoakZone and Laural Mountain Ski Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).