Fort Ligonier Days

History Comes to Life during Fort Ligonier Days

fortdays-landing-bigThis outstanding outdoor festival is celebrating its 55th year in 2014!

On the grounds of the Fort you will find a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, ceremonies, Highlanders, redcoats, French troops, frontier men and women, Indians and music from 1758.

To many historians, the historic events that occurred at Fort Ligonier signified the actual beginning of the American Revolution. 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, George Washington had arrived at Loyalhanna, but not before the defeat of a British force at Fort Duquesne on September 14, and the successful defense of Loyalhanna from a French attack on October 12. Heavily outnumbered, the French abandoned Fort Duquesne, which became Fort Pitt and is now Point State Park located in Pittsburgh, at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers come together to form the Ohio River.

What's Happening at Fort Ligonier!

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Artillery Demonstrations - 1:30pm & 3:30pm on Saturday and 1:00pm & 3:00pm on Sunday: 

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

Reenactments of the Battle of Fort Ligonier - 2:00pm & 4:00pm on Saturday and 1:30pm & 3:30pm on Sunday:

History comes alive as the historic events that took place on October 12, 1758 are reenacted.  See how the British and French troops lived with their encampments which are located throughout the fort. Explore the eight acres of the original fort which has been preserved, including the officers' mess, barracks, quartermaster, guardroom, underground magazine, commissary, and officers' quarters.

Weekend Highlights

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Fort Ligonier doesn't get to have all of the fun on this weekend. The picturesque town of Ligonier with its more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants turns into a fun, family-friendly fall festival zone. Visitors will find more than 150 artisans and crafters, lively musical entertainment, tons of great food and a fantastic parade Saturday morning featuring college bands, historic marching units, horses and more!

Full 2014 Fort Ligonier Days Schedule - October 10, 11, & 12

Friday, October 10

9:00 am - Community Food Booths open

9:00 am - Craft Booths open at all locations

9:00 am - Fort Ligonier Museum and Gift Shop opens.

10:00 am - Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin

12:00 pm -  OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY on the Diamond with Colonel Henry Bouquet

12:30-3:30 pm - Colonel Henry Bouquet at Fort Ligonier

1:00-2:30 pm - Silver Sky - Oldies - Bandstand

3:00-4:30 pm - The Abilene Band - Country Rock - Bandstand

5:00-6:30 pm - Ole 97 Band, Johnny Cash tribute - Bandstand

6:00 pm - Craft Booths Close

7:00 pm - The Vogues - Classic Hits - East Main Street Stage

Saturday, October 11

9:00 am -  Community Food Booths open

9:00 am - Craft Booths open at all locations

9:00 am - Fort Ligonier Museum and Gift Shop opens

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 - Battle re-enactment at Fort Ligonier

2:00-3:30 pm - Full Kilt - Celtic Rock - Bandstand

3:30 pm - Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier

4:00 pm - Battle re-enactment at Fort Ligonier

4:00-6:00 pm - John McDonald Band - Jimmy Buffet tribute - Bandstand

6:00 pm - Craft Booths Close

6:30-8:00 pm - Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners - Classic hits - East Main Street stage

8:15 pm - Forces of Fort Ligonier Parade

8:30 pm - Fireworks

Sunday, October 12

8:00 am - Kid's Fun Mile, Ligonier Valley High School

8:30 am - 5K Run/Walk begins, Ligonier Valley High School

10:00 am - Fort Ligonier Museum and Gift Shop opens

10:30 am - Community Food Booths open

10:30 am - Craft Booths open at all locations

10:30 am - Ligonier Merchant Sidewalk Sales begin

12:30-2:00 pm - Ragged & Wrong - Country Rock - Bandstand

1:00 pm - Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier

1:30 pm - Battle re-enactment at Fort Ligonier

3:00 pm - Artillery demonstration at Fort Ligonier 

3:00-4:30 pm - Flood City Brass - Rock - Bandstand

3:30 pm - Battle re-enactment at Fort Ligonier

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

Festival Tips

FREE shuttle bus service will be provided from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Sunday picking up from the parking lot at Ligonier Valley High School on Springer Road and the Laurel Valley Golf Club lots on Route 711 South. The handicap equipped shuttle service will also be available. Look for signs directing you to parking lots.

Craft loop shuttle bus service will run among the craft display areas from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Sunday.

NO PETS ALLOWED! We all love dogs, but due to local ordinances, NO dogs (pets) and no backpacks permitted in the festival areas.

 

2015 Fort Ligonier Dates: October 9,10, 11 

 

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