Help Us Celebrate Our 250th Anniversary
In 2014, the Fort Pitt Block House will celebrate its 250th anniversary. As owners and stewards of Pittsburgh’s oldest authenticated structure, the Fort Pitt Society hopes to create a city-wide celebration for the Block House in recognition of this significant milestone.
The launch of this website marks the beginning of many activities and events planned over the next two years to promote the Block House to local, national and international visitors; to highlight the role of our region in early American history and to celebrate the remarkable women who have worked tirelessly for more than 100 years to preserve and protect this historical treasure.
How can you get involved?
- Buy a brick and become a permanent part of history!
- Visit today! Learn more about the Block House and its amazing history.
- Share your experience – write a review of your visit to the Block House on Greatnonprofits.com or on TripAdvisor.com.
- Like us on Facebook and follow our progress.
Plan Your Next Class Field Trip Today!
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!
Book on History of Block House Published
We are proud to announce the release of our new book, The Fort Pitt Block House. Published by The History Press, Inc., of Charleston, SC, The Fort Pitt Block House is the first comprehensive history ever compiled of Pittsburgh’s oldest architectural landmark. Join site curator Emily M. Weaver as she chronicles the remarkable story of the Fort Pitt Block House, including its construction in 1764 as a defensive redoubt for Fort Pitt, its use as a private residence during the 19th century, and its restoration and ongoing preservation by the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Released as part of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the Block House, The Fort Pitt Block House is available for purchase at the Block House site and at local stores, gift shops and online.
For more information on the book as well as upcoming book signings and events, click here.