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Fort Ligonier plans re-enactments, sunset tours, day camp and 'Fort Slumber' this summer

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 10:57 a.m.
Fort Ligonier is preparing for a weekend launch of summer activities, including historical re-enactments, sunset tours, and summer camps. In this file photo, French Marine re-enactor Bob McGill of Dunbar loads cartridges and hugs longtime friend Kristen Rylander of Carnegie, outside of the fort walls at the camp Saturday morning before they set off for the battle.
British and French military re-enactors stage the Battle of Fort Ligonier on Saturday afternoon during the three-day annual festival called Fort Ligonier Days. Ligonier, commemorates the key battle of the French and Indian War, fought on Oct. 12, 1758 during the events.
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Fort Ligonier is preparing for a weekend launch of summer activities, including historical re-enactments, sunset tours, and summer camps. In this file photo, French Marine re-enactor Bob McGill of Dunbar loads cartridges and hugs longtime friend Kristen Rylander of Carnegie, outside of the fort walls at the camp Saturday morning before they set off for the battle. British and French military re-enactors stage the Battle of Fort Ligonier on Saturday afternoon during the three-day annual festival called Fort Ligonier Days. Ligonier, commemorates the key battle of the French and Indian War, fought on Oct. 12, 1758 during the events.

Fort Ligonier will kick off its summer schedule on Memorial Day weekend with its annual 18th Century Military Encampment, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26-27.

Visitors will experience dramatic battle re-enactments, authentic artillery and tactical demonstrations along with living history programs, according to a news release. Troops from the Seven Years War, Inc. and the Detachment of the 8th PA Regiment will be encamped at the Fort Saturday and Sunday.

“This is our second largest interpretative event of the year, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see why Fort Ligonier is a significant site of global history. Visitors of any level interest, from children and families to those who are interested in honoring military leaders, will be enthralled by the activities and interaction with soldiers and officers,” Erica Nuckle, director of history and collections, says in a release.

Regular admission applies. Active military, veterans and law enforcement are free.

The fort will again offer free Friendly Fire Fridays on June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3.

Along with free admission, visitors can observe the firing of the fort's recreated 18th century artillery collection while listening to a riveting narrative. Demonstrations take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting.

New sunset tours

New this year, the fort will offer 7 p.m. sunset tours on June 8, July 20 and Aug. 17.

Visitors can enjoy private, after hours tours of the museum's new galleries, relax on the Center for History Education terrace with refreshments and watch the sun set, then complete the evening with a lantern-lit tour of the fort's wood bastion.

Tours are $25 per person and require advance registration by emailing Candace Gross at cgross@fortligonier.org.

Day camp returns

The fort will again offer a children's day camp, during the weeks of June 11-15 and July 16-20.

Created for kids who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade, the camp lets young “soldiers” experience 18th century frontier life while exploring the fort, playing games and creating crafts. Camp ends with a mini-reenactment and family picnic. Advance reservations by emailing Candace Gross at cgross@fortligonier.org or calling 724-238-9701.

Happy history hour

Happy hour with an historical twist will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24, rain or shine, with light bites, spirits, live music and a living history demonstration.

Family sleepover

“Night at the Fort Museum” overnighter will be held July 13-14 with campfire stories, candlelit tours and a “break in” evening adventure offering a twist on the popular escape rooms.

Details: 724-238-9701 or fortligonier.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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