As America advanced as a colony of Great Britain and then as its own nation, turmoil and strife followed. Westmoreland County, being the frontier of this new nation witnessed many battles, skirmishes and raids during its fight for independence. Today, you can relive the history of these early days at historic sites and museums throughout the county. We invite you on The Journey of the Redcoats. Start your mini vacation at Bushy Run Battlefield, the only Native American battle in Pennsylvania, where Natives ambushed British Highlanders en route to Fort Pitt during Pontiac’s War. Discover the significance of this battle and artifacts on display at the history center. Take a tour of the battle ground (golf cart provided) and revisit those fateful days. Bushy Run Battlefield also offers an extensive park with trails for walking and hiking and also a picnic pavilion. Coincide your trip with the annual Battle of Bushy Run Reenactment, always the first weekend in August!
Continue your Redcoats journey with a visit to the newly renovated Westmoreland Museum of American Art in downtown Greensburg, and enjoy the paintings of pre-industrial Westmoreland Country, particularly the painting of the 'Wounding of General Braddock; Battle of Monongahela 9 July 1955' by Robert Griffing. After devoting several hours at the museum, stay and dine in Greensburg, the county seat of Westmoreland. The following day, take a step back in time to Revolutionary War days with a visit to Historic Hanna’s Town, the original county seat of Westmoreland and site of the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Explore how people lived on the frontier, learn how an attack on Hanna’s Town affected the neighboring towns and how and why the British Redcoats were involved in the attack. Do note that Historic Hanna's Town annually reenacts real 18th century court trials from Hanna's Town the last weekend in June. This is an entertaining event! For antique shoppers, Hanna's Town also hosts a monthly Antiques & Collectibles Market, every second Sunday from May - October. Admission is only $3.00/vehicle. This is an outdoor market opens at 7:30am rain or shine! Vendors can total as many as 200+ if weather cooperates!
Depart Hanna’s Town on a section of the historic Forbes Road and journey on the Lincoln Highway (Route 30 East) to Fort Ligonier, a British Outpost during the French & Indian War. The Fort Museum offers a wealth of artifacts on display including a pair of Washington’s pistols and an original British Officer’s (Redcoat) Uniform. The reconstructed Fort is comprised of many buildings you can visit, as well as wagons, cannons, a forge and field ovens and often hosts living history events. Definitely worth a visit! The town of Ligonier is a lovely, quintessential ‘small town American’ locale with a plethora of independent shops, cafes and restaurants to whet your appetite.
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