Help Us Celebrate Our 250th Anniversary
The Fort Pitt Block House celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, 2014. As owners and stewards of Pittsburgh’s oldest authenticated structure, the Fort Pitt Society have planned a year-long, city-wide celebration for the Block House in recognition of this significant milestone.
Many activities and events will be held throughout 2014 to highlight the significance of the Block House in early Pittsburgh and American history and to celebrate the remarkable women who have worked tirelessly for more than 100 years to preserve and protect this historical treasure. For more information on Block House 250 and upcoming events, click here.
How can you get involved?
- Visit today! Learn more about the Block House and its amazing history.
- Make a gift. Help ensure that the Block House remains for future generations to know and appreciate Pittsburgh’s earliest history by making a financial contribution.
- Purchase a souvenir and support the Block House! We have many souvenirs available, including limited edition Block House 250 commemorative brass coins. Consider giving Block House souvenirs as gifts during the upcoming holiday season.
- Share your experience – write a review of your visit to the Block House on Greatnonprofits.com or on TripAdvisor.com.
- Like us on Facebook, learn more about upcoming events and activities.
Plan Your Next Class Field Trip Today!
Watch this video to preview what you will see and learn on your field trip to the Fort Pitt Block House.
Every year the Fort Pitt Block House makes history come alive for thousands of local school children. Educational tours can be conducted for school groups ranging from second grade to graduate school. Students learn how the Block House was originally used as a defensive redoubt by standing on a reconstructed firing step and taking aim through the building’s gun loops. Guided tours of the site are tailored to the audience and offered by expert staff and knowledgeable volunteers. Small yet fact-filled exhibits are featured throughout the building, adding to the experience and taking visitors back in time in this one-of-a-kind historical landmark.
To schedule a tour or for more information, please call (412) 471-1764 or send an email by using the Contact Us page on this website. Hours of operation and directions to the Block House can be found here.
Other nearby attractions include the Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park. Tours of the Block House can easily be arranged to include tours of the museum and/or the park. Ask about these options when scheduling your field trip today!
Time Capsule Dedication
SAVE THE DATE! The last event planned for the Block House 250 celebrations will be the dedication of a time capsule designed to be opened in 50 years on the 300th anniversary of the construction of the Fort Pitt Block House. Join us at the Senator John Heinz History Center on November 23, 2014 at 2pm. Click here for more information and to learn how to register for this free event.
Special thanks to our sponsors, committee members and guests who came out to pay tribute to Pittsburgh’s oldest building at the Block House 250 Gala fundraising event held on September 11, 2014. More than 125 guests were treated to a keynote address by bestselling author, editor, and speaker, Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Julie, the daughter of 37th US President Richard Nixon, is the author of three books and has lectured for more than 25 years on such subjects as the presidency, women in politics and life in the White House. Julie’s remarks at the Gala focused on The Power of History: Why We Remember and the Legacy of the Fort Pitt Block House.
Watch this video to learn more about the Fort Pitt Block House – a witness to Pittsburgh’s history as a frontier fort, large industrial center and now, leading modern city. Gifted to the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1894, it has remained free and open to visitors as a historic site for over a century.