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'Fort Night: Fall Harvest' explores what was once Pittsburgh's vegetable garden

Shirley McMarlin
| Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

It's hard to imagine now, but a 10-acre vegetable garden once grew where downtown Pittsburgh's Wyndham Grand hotel now stands. The so-called King's Garden provided fresh food for Fort Pitt soldiers.

Visitors can learn about that storied plot of land and more during “Fort Night: Fall Harvest,” a 21-and-older event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Kelly Linn, former curator of the Fort Pitt Block House, will lead the talk.

A lantern tour will provide an eerie, after-dark exploration of historic Point State Park, while docent-led tours of the museum will reveal the Point's crucial role in American history.

Museum exhibitions will be open throughout the evening, including the new “From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America,” which showcases the art and functionality of the powder horn, and “Nat Youngblood's Pittsburgh,” featuring work by the former Pittsburgh Press artist and illustrator.

Visitors will be able to sample a historically-inspired menu of shepherd's pie, ginger cakes, bread pudding with bourbon sauce and more. Cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $25. Details: heinzhistorycenter.org/events.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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