Fort Roberdeau County Park
By Karen Morrow
Historic Site Assistant
Photo: Jeffrey RobisonFort Roberdeau County Park has grown, from the original two acres donated to Blair County by Mr. and Mrs. E. Arthur Caum in 1940 for the reconstruction of the fort to 230 acres of open public land. The land consists of the Fort Roberdeau historic site, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974; the Conservation Reserve Program, including a grassland conservation area and active farmland; the natural area with walking trails and geocaching; and four buildings used for administrative, educational, and event venues.
Fort Roberdeau staff and volunteers provide a Revolutionary War educational experience to elementary and middle school students from Blair and surrounding counties through Hands-on History and Bridges to the Past programs. In 2016, 2,109 students in grades 3-5 visited Fort Roberdeau for a hands-on history learning experience of life on the frontier during the Revolutionary War.
Seasonally, Fort Roberdeau Park attracts over 5,000 visitors from over 30 states and more than a dozen countries who tour the fort, attend special events that bring history to life, and use the natural area for recreation. It is fast becoming a top tourist attraction for Blair County.
Fort Roberdeau’s annual Revolutionary War Encampment, set among woods and fields in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, offers a superior setting for recreating the American Revolution on the frontier. Reenacting units from Pennsylvania and surrounding states appreciate the site’s relative freedom from modern intrusions, plenty of room to maneuver, the opportunity to attack or defend a stockade fort, and a site that is family-friendly.
The Fort’s award-winning Veteran’s Recognition Program, held the first weekend in November, concludes the Fort’s season by honoring all veterans. Rangers posted at Fort Roberdeau during the Revolutionary War qualified for veteran’s pensions after the war. We continue to honor the Fort’s military tradition from our nation’s first veterans to active military duty of today.