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FORT LIGONIER DAYS

History Comes to Life During Fort Ligonier Days

fortdays-landing-bigCelebrating its 56th year in 2015!

On the grounds of the Fort, you’ll find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, ceremonies, Highlanders, redcoats, French troops, Native Americans, music from 1758 and more.

The events that occurred at Fort Ligonier signified the actual beginning of the American Revolution, according to many historians. Pittsburgh exists today because of the key, strategic battle that occurred at Fort Ligonier in 1758. The original fort, which was called the “Post at Loyalhanna,” was constructed in September 1758. By Late October of that year, George Washington had arrived at Loyalhanna, but not before the defeat of a British force at Fort Duquesne on September 14th and the successful defense of the Loyalhanna from a French attack on October 12th. Heavily outnumbered, The French abandoned Fort Duquesne, which became Fort Pitt and is now present day Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio River.

What's Happening at the Fort 

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Artillery Demonstrations
Saturday at 1:30pm and 3:30pm; Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Experience the rare opportunity of seeing Fort Ligonier’s artillery in action.  See the arsenal of cast bronze weapons, including an eight-inch bronze howitzer and carriage, a light brass six pounder, and a fieldpiece, which fires a round shot, grape or canister, which is mounted on carriages with large wheels, in addition to gun sleighs and block carriages.

Battle of Fort Ligonier Reenactments
Saturday at 2:00pm and 4:00pm; Sunday at 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Watch history come alive at the reenactments of the events that took place on October 12, 1758. See how the British and French troops lived in their encampments, located throughout the fort. Explore eight acres of the original fort, which has been preserved, which includes the officers’ mess, barracks, quartermaster, guardroom, underground magazine, commissary, and officers’ quarters.

What's Happening in Townfortdays-sm-landing

The picturesque town of Ligonier also takes part in the fall frenzy during this 3-day festival. Visitors will find more than 150 artisans and craft vendors in addition to more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants that are already there year-round. Ligonier is packed with fun for the whole weekend, with live music, tons of great food, and a fantastic parade on Saturday morning featuring historic marching units, horses, college bands, and more.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

9:00 AM – Community Food Booths open

9:00 AM- Craft Booths open at all locations

9:00 AM - Fort Ligonier and Museum Store open.

Demonstrations by the Regiment of Artificers: professional tradesmen throughout the day 10:00 AM- Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin

12:00 PM– OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY on the Diamond with Chief Attakullakulla, Cherokee Peace Chief

12:30-3:30 PM – Chief Attakullakulla, Cherokee Peace Chief at Fort Ligonier

1:00-2:00 PM –HY-5 – Classic Rock– Bandstand

1:00-3:00 PM - Melissa Cox & Mythica, Celtic Folk Band – Wine Tasting area

2:30-4:00 PM – Justin Fabus Band- Country – Bandstand 4:30PM – Fort Ligonier closes

4:30-5:00 PM- Melissa Cox & Mythica, Celtic Folk Band – Bandstand

5:30-7:00 PM – Jeff Jimmerson and Airborne – Classic Rock – Bandstand

6:00 PM – Craft Booths Close

Saturday, October 10, 2015

9:00 AM – Community Food Booths open

9:00 AM - Craft Booths open at all locations

9:00 AM – Fort Ligonier and Museum Store open. Encampment and living history demonstrations throughout the day.

10:00 AM – Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin

11:00 AM – COMMUNITY PARADE – East and West Main Streets

1:30 PM – Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier

2:00 PM –Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier

2:00–3:30 PM –Second Wind- Southern Rock & Fiddle- Bandstand

2:30-4:30 – Jane West – Acoustic guitar solos – Wine Tasting area

2:30 PM – Music Program on the Battlefield at the Fort

3:30 PM – Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier

4:00 PM –Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier

4:00–5:30 PM- Ole 97 Band-Johnny Cash tribute-Bandstand

5:00 PM Fort Ligonier closes

6:00 PM – Craft Booths Close

6:30–8:45 PM – Phil Dirt & the Dozers- Classic hits - East Main Street stage

7:30 PM – Forces of Fort Ligonier Parade

8:50 PM – Fireworks, around 8:50 following Phil Dirt & the Dozers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

8:00 AM- Kid’s Fun Mile Run, Ligonier Valley High School

9:00 AM- 5K Run/Walk begins, Ligonier Valley High School

9:30 AM - Fort Ligonier and Museum Store open. Encampment and living history demonstrations throughout the day.

10:00 AM Divine Services in the Upper Fort

10:30 AM – Community Food Booths open 10:30 AM- Craft Booths open at all locations

10:30 AM – Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin

1:00–2:30 PM – Neon Swing X-perience- Swing, retro rock, hot jazz -Bandstand

1:00 PM – Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier

1:30 PM – Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier

3:00 PM – Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier

3:00–4:30 PM – Chris Woodward Band - CountryBandstand

3:30 PM – Reenactment of the 1758 Battle of Fort Ligonier

4:30 PM – Fort Ligonier closes

5:00 PM – Craft and Food Booths Close

5:00 PM – CLOSING CEREMONIES

5:30 PM – Carillon Concert from Calvary United Methodist Church – Shirley Benner at the keyboard

What You Need to Know

  • Parking is not permitted at the Fort during Fort Ligonier Days. No Parking is allowed in town or along Route 30 during the event. Parking is available at Ligonier Valley High School, and the Laurel Valley Golf Club lots on 711 south. There is a parking fee per vehicle per day.

  • Craft Loop Shuttle service will run among the craft display areas from:8 am – 6:00 pm Friday, 8 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday

  • There are several lots throughout town with booths, as well as things to check out in between, so be sure to check out the map and be sure not to miss one of the lots!

  • Activities at the Fort: Regular admission fees still apply.

  • No pets or backpacks