Military History Trail

The Erie Maritime Museum serves as homeport to the U.S. Brig Niagara, the reconstructed warship that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Climb aboard when the ship is in port or explore interactive exhibits in the museum.

Fort Pitt Museum marks land once fortified by the British and French to defend Colonial claims. You'll leave understanding how the French and Indian War ignited and influenced the founding of Pittsburgh.

marching at BrandywineAt Brandywine Battlefield Park in southeastern Pennsylvania, visit the quarters used by Washington and Lafayette during the biggest single-day battle of the American Revolution. The rolling landscape here, near Chadds Ford, is as captivating as its history.

Visit the Pennsylvania Military Museum near State College. This site recounts the story of Commonwealth citizen's who served our country in defense of the nation. Their service is highlighted through exhibits and artifacts that are documented by the museum's excellent collection of vehicles and small arms.

En route to or from Fort Pitt, stop at Bushy Run Battlefield just as 400 British soldiers did in 1763. Troops in historical dress annually re-enact the confrontation with Native Americans that opened Western Pennsylvania to settlement.

Visit Washington Crossing Historic Park and imagine the icy night in 1776 when the General crossed the Delaware River with his army, boosting the colonists' confidence in their struggle for independence.


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