Fort Steuben opens for a weekend of history and hands-on fun during Ohio Valley Frontier Days

Historic Fort Steuben, a reconstructed 18th-century fort built on the original site overlooking the Ohio River, opens its wooden gates the first weekend in June to reenactors, demonstrators, musicians, crafters and more for a family-friendly festival .

“It’s an opportunity for the community to experience a little bit of history. We have a reduced rate and we have a lot of fun activities so kids get involved too. It’s basically a gift to the community,” said Fort Director Judy Bratten.

The Ohio Valley Frontier Days covers the daily lives of men who occupied the fort in 1787, along with blacksmiths, candle makers and others who demonstrated early American skills.

“A lot of kids hear about the Northwest Territory, hear about colonial America, but this is an experience for them to actually see and touch and hear and talk to people who can give them more personal information,” Bratten said.

Ohio surveyors have been involved with historic Fort Steuben since its reconstruction.

This hands-on weekend not only recreates early American life, but also included the ribbon cutting of the newest addition to the fort: the Museum of Surveying.

“Surveyors needed protection from Indians when they worked here in the 1780s. We say this is the only fort ever built for the protection of surveyors, so that’s what makes the perfect place for a research museum,” said one surveyor from the University of Akron. and Mapping Program instructor.

Sunday’s Frontier Day is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

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