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 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.Block House History Video

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!

Support the Block House on

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now – Giving Tuesday, a global day to give back. On Tuesday, December 2nd, millions of people will go online to support the causes they care about the most. Do you want to help keep history alive in Pittsburgh? Consider making a donation online to the Fort Pitt Block House.

As our 250th anniversary draw to a close we have much to be grateful for at the Fort Pitt Block House. A record-shattering 54,000 visitors have filled the historic structure throughout the year, joining in the Block House 250 celebrations. Support from the community has helped to make this year an incredible success!

Although our 250th anniversary is ending, the need to sustain the Block House for future generations is only growing stronger. It is crucial that the Block House remain in sound condition, open to the public and free of charge, presenting Pittsburgh history for all to enjoy.

Don’t want to wait until December 2nd to support the Block House? Donate online today! Thank you for your generosity.

Block House Background VideoWatch 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.