Fort Ligonier

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

The original Fort Ligonier was built by General John Forbes as the last in a chain of fortifications securing the road his troops had built across Pennsylvania. Ligonier was to serve as a supply depot and staging area for the massive army meant to capture Fort Duquesne from the French. During its eighty years as a garrison, Fort Ligonier was never captured by an enemy. After 1758, the fort served as a post of passage to the new Fort Pitt and remained a vital link in communication and supply lines during Pontiac's Rebellion. The current fort is a full-scale reconstruction, situated on the site of the original structure. The new fort contains a rebuilt officers’ mess, barracks, quartermaster, guardroom, underground magazine, commissary, and officers’ quarters. Immediately outside the fort is General Forbes’s hut. An outer retrenchment, 1,600 feet long, surrounds the fort. Recently added are other external buildings, including the Pennsylvania hospital (two wards and a surgeon’s hut), a smokehouse, bake ovens, a log dwelling and a forge. Both the fort and museum are now open to the public.

South Market Street
Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15658
(724) 238-9701

Hours of Operation

Open daily from May 1 through October 31, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00pm to 4:30pm.

Fort Ligonier
Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
Visitor Experiences

Fort on Site
George Washington
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Handicap Accessibility
Living History Presentation
Picnic Area
Visitors Center