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Visit Fort Ligonier for free on Friday

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, 11:03 a.m.
Wade Stoner of Laughlintown, as Captain Quincy Kennedy, a British officer with General Braddock around 1755, explains how a mid-level officer's tent would look during Living History Weekend at Fort Ligonier on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
Ken Reabe Jr. | For The Tribune-Review
Wade Stoner of Laughlintown, as Captain Quincy Kennedy, a British officer with General Braddock around 1755, explains how a mid-level officer's tent would look during Living History Weekend at Fort Ligonier on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.

Fort Ligonier will mark the end of summer with a bang.

Sept. 1 is the museum's last free "Friendly Fire Friday" event of the season.

Sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation, all day free admission will include firing of the artillery (weather permitting) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Sept. 2 and 3, the fort comes to life with a special "Living History Weekend."

Visitors can experience daily life in the 18th century and learn about the history of Fort Ligonier through a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the fort. Costumed interpreters will have period clothing and textiles on display while talking about a soldier's life and a woman's role in the British army. A variety of Colonial toys and games will be available to enjoy and learn how families entertained themselves.

"Whether it's a family looking for a fun, end-of-summer activity or a group of friends visiting the region during the holiday weekend, visiting the fort when it's filled with re-enactors and additional activities is always fun," Julie Donovan, Fort Ligonier spokeswoman, says in a news release.

Living History Weekend is included with regular admission; law enforcement, and active and retired military are free.

The historic site and museum are open daily through Nov. 19. The museum will be open Fridays through Sundays through the winter months. The Fort Ligonier Center for History Education is open year-round.

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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