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“Interesting French and Indian War Museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Ligonier

Fort Ligonier
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Ligonier
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Annandale, Virginia
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120 reviews
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“Interesting French and Indian War Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

My husband and I visited this museum on our way from Canton, Ohio to DC. We wanted to drive the historic Lincoln Highway through Pennsylvania and came upon this museum unexpectedly. We are both history buffs so thought we'd stop to see it. There are not many museums in the country that depict happenings in the French and Indian War. This really is an excellent museum. They have many artifacts from the period--not just North American artifacts (uniforms, weapons and daily usage items), but items from around the world of the period. The French and Indian War (as it was known in the American colonies) was really a world-wide war (Seven Years War as it was known in Europe), and the displays explain the world-wide events and how British-French hostilities in North America led to conflicts by many European powers around the world in the 1750s-1760s period of time. There are displays with military artifacts, original portraits of notable figures of the time, a video of George Washington's reflections of the war, dioramas of battle scenes of the battle for Ft. Ligonier, and a reconstructed fort with log houses around it so you can see how people lived near a fort at that time. The museum sits on the location of the original fort. There is also a wonderful bookstore and gift shop, lots of 'specialized' titles of books on the French and Indian War and period history. There is quite a hill to walk up to the reconstructed fort.

Because of the type of exhibits and the great amount of written detail in them explaining the North American war and the world-wide conflict, I don't think young children would gain much from this museum. They would probably find it boring. It is very well-done, though, and I saw artifacts that I had not seen anywhere else. It certainly is a must for any American history enthusiast, however. I found it a bit expensive--$8 admission for adults--but there are not many French and Indian War museums, so well worth a visit.

Visited June 2012
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Seward, Pennsylvania
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“Great for adults, not so much for young kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

Don't come here when its very hot. A few hills that may be difficult to walk up or pushing a stroller with kids. Plus the kids don't really get to see very much except for little rooms with pretend people and stuff. So I feel it is a little more adult oriented.

Visited September 2011
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“Informative and fun.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012 via mobile

History made interesting with a replica of a real Fort. Artifacts from the area. Great fun even for high school students that get bored easily. We wish we could have seen more of the history in the area.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“The town that history built”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The history of the fort is just the beginning of what's possible with a trip to Ligonier. Valued history lesson, for sure, but the surrounding town is quaint with small shops and restaurants and an annual festival. Close to ski resorts, too, with year round offerings, and not far from the city

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Cherry Tree, PA
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“Family Day trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Nice stop on our way to Idelwild! Kids really liked enjoyed the fort!

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