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.
- Purchase a souvenir and support the Block House! We have many souvenirs available, including limited edition Block House 250 commemorative brass coins. For more information, Contact Us.
- 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!
The Block House 250 Gala, September 11, 2014
The only remaining structure left of Fort Pitt, the Block House has served as a witness to Pittsburgh history and its changes for over two centuries. This year, 2014, marks the anniversary of this historic building, and a gala celebration will soon be held to honor one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures.
The Block House 250 gala celebration will be held on September 11, 2014, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel – Downtown Pittsburgh. A highlight of the event’s festivities will be 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.
Joining the Fort Pitt Society in its Block House 250 gala celebration is an Honorary Committee made up of community leaders and dignitaries from throughout the Pittsburgh region. A full listing of committee members is available on the Block House 250 webpage.