Fort Loudoun Garrison Weekend

Fort Loudoun Garrison Weekend

July 23, 2022 * 9:00 AM – July 24th * 12:00 PM
Journey back to 1757 when Pennsylvania’s Army occupied Fort Loudoun.
Join Joseph Armstrong’s Company of Pennsylvania Provincial Soldiers as they garrison Fort Loudoun.
Learn about what life was like for soldiers at a frontier post like Fort Loudoun.
These soldiers patrolled the area, guarded farmers, escorted supplies, and built the Forbes Road.
Event is FREE
1720 N Brooklyn Rd, Fort Loudon, PA 17224
Return to “1756” on June 15th at Fort Loudoun

Return to “1756” on June 15th at Fort Loudoun

Visit Pennsylvania’s Fort–Fort Loudoun–on Saturday, June 15th and step back in time to 1756 and witness the artisans, laborers and soldiers build features of Fort Loudoun, located at 1720 North Brooklyn Road, Fort Loudon, PA 17224.  See the new fort, new museum, and gift shop.  See demonstrations of blacksmithing, construction, carpentry, weaving, music and hearth cooking.  Participate in 18th Century games, lectures and axe throwing competitions.  Open to the public 10-4.  Entry fee is $5 per car.  The first 100 visitors receive a free small ice cream from Antietam Dairy.  Kids scavenger hunt, games and musket drill. (A detailed schedule at fortloudounpa.com)

This year’s theme is “1756”, the year that John Armstrong and his Pennsylvanians built Fort Loudoun. See 18th Century fort construction.  The Pennsylvania Regiment will be busy building a magazine, well house, a drain, a butcher pavilion, as well as putting the finishing touches on the Guard House, the newest addition to the fort. The historical significance of the Guard House, first mentioned in a June 1758 letter to Colonel Henry Bouquet, is that it was where 6 members of James Smith’s Black Boys were held during the Black Boys Rebellion in 1765.  This structure is the same size (12’x16’) as Fort Morris’s Guard House from Shippensburg. The reconstructed Fort Loudoun sits exactly on the spot as it was discovered by Pennsylvania Archaeology in 1978-1982.

Food Vendors: Zach’s Snacks and Hazardous Goods (BBQ) and Antietam Dairy (Ice Cream)

The Fort Loudoun Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission it is to interpret and manage the site of Fort Loudoun built in 1756.  Fort Loudoun was a provincial fort built by the Colony of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian war and served as an important supply depot in the line of forts along the Forbes Road.  It was the site of the Cherokee Council with Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1758 and of James Smith’s Black Boys

Totem Pole Playhouse Holds Sixth Annual Playhouse Awards to Honor Student Talent

Totem Pole Playhouse Holds Sixth Annual Playhouse Awards to Honor Student Talent

Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia State Park announced 58 nominations in 11 categories for the sixth annual Totem Pole Playhouse Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in musical theater production and performance by high school students in the counties surrounding the Playhouse.

Shippensburg Area Senior High School in Franklin County, led all schools with a nomination in each of the 10 categories for their production of “Legally Blonde.” Three area high schools tied with 9 nominations each, two from Adams County, Gettysburg Area High School’s production of “Mamma Mia!’ and Biglerville High School’s staging of Stephen Sondheim’s, “Sunday in the Park with George” and James Buchanan High School in Franklin County for “She Loves Me.”

The remaining 13 nominations were shared between St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, MD, Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School in Fulton County, McConnellsburg High School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School in Franklin County.

All schools participating in the awards are also eligible for the best musical award named after Totem Pole Playhouse’s long-serving Producing Artistic Director, Carl Schurr.

The awards ceremony will be held this year on the stage of the Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA. Totem Pole’s Producing Artistic Director, Rowan Joseph, will host the awards ceremony, Sunday, May 19th at 5PM which will include a the presentation of a production number from each of the participating high schools as well as performances from the nominated female and male soloists.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Seating is very limited and on a

first come, first serve basis. Tickets may be purchased on-line or by calling the Totem Pole Playhouse at (717) 352-2164.

Fort Loudoun Colonial Days

Fort Loudoun Colonial Days

Fort Loudoun Historical Society invites all to Colonial Day at Fort Loudoun on Saturday June 16th, 9am to 3pm. Fort Loudoun was a provincial fort built in 1756 by the Colony of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian war and served as an important supply depot in the line of forts along the Forbes Road.  It was the site of the Cherokee Council with Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1758 and site of James Smith’s Black Boys Rebellion in 1765 which was depicted in the 1939 Film “Allegheny Uprising” starring John Wayne.

The event, sponsored by Fort Loudoun Historical Society, is free and family friendly.  Smell the campfires and hearth cooking, see log hewing and blacksmithing, and hear the tales of the 18th century frontier.  Demonstrations will be happening all day; fort repair by the Kittatinny Associators, blacksmithing by Mark Heckman, open hearth cooking by Rich Fox, axe throwing by Rob Schmelzlen, colonial farming and livestock by Dale Zimmerman, fiber arts by Bev Sanders, Native American Culture by Deb “Turtle” Swartz, and 18th Century medicine by Dr. Lee Davis.  Three lectures on topics related to Fort Loudoun:

  • 10 AM – History of Fort Loudoun by Andrew Newman
  • 11 AM – Native American Dress & Customs by Deb “Turtle” Swartz
  • 1 PM – Indian Raids on the Frontier by Calvin Bricker

For kids only, there will be a scavenger hunt and other activities. Children complete tasks, receive an award and compete for a chance to the win the grand prize drawing held at the Patton House at 3 PM.

Food, snacks, drinks and merchandise available for purchase from gift shop in the Patton House.

The Fort Loudoun Historical Society, a 501c3 tasked with managing and interpreting the fort site, is in the process of rebuilding the fort and making improvements.  It is launching a “Buy a Log” campaign to help close the gap on funding the project.  Be part of the fort’s future.