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Pay tribute to Ohio's past at Fort Steuben's Ohio Valley Frontier Days

Sights at Fort Steuben's Frontier Days
Sights at Fort Steuben's Frontier Days
courtesy Fort Steuben

If you are a Clevelander seeking a fun and educational weekend family-friendly weekend excursion, consider a drive to Steubenville, Ohio on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 and experience the Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Historic Fort Steuben. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.

Fort Steuben Sign
courtesy Fort Steuben

Historic Fort Steuben Overlooking the Ohio River, tha Fort was originally built in 1786 to protect surveyors who had been sent by the Continental Congress to map the Northwest Territory. At the time, hostile Native Americans were a constant threat. Fort Steuben was named for Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian army officer who assisted George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Ohio Valley Frontier Days Within the walls of this reconstructed 18th century fort, soldiers will set up camp and depict the daily life of the enlisted men who served at the Fort in 1787. They will also give demonstrations of cannon fire.

Soldier, settler, surveyor and Native American re-enactors will give visitors a chance to see skills demonstrated (including drilling exercises, loading and shooting of muskets and measuring and plotting maps) and hear their tales and their history.

Settlers outside the walls of Fort Steuben will give visitors a glimpse of life on the Ohio frontier during that era.

"Baron von Steuben" will make an appearance and teach military drill to young volunteers.

Among the artisans demonstrating their 18th and 19th century skills will be a blacksmith, a woodworker, candle makers, a potter and a gunsmith.

Free entertainment at Frontier Days includes Native American storytelling, singing and dancing and songs of Ohio and Shawnee heritage by Grammy nominee and Governor's Award for the Arts winner, Steve Free.

Other Ohio Valley Frontier Days activities include making crafts, participating in games, singing along to traditional American songs, participating in various contests and tossing a tomahawk.

All the buildings of Fort Steuben will be open for tour including the blockhouses, the hospital, the commissary and the officers' quarters.

Food will be available for purchase. Hours for the Ohio Valley Frontier Days are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for youth (6-12) and children 5 and under are free.

For more information about the Ohio Valley Frontier Days or about Fort Steuben call 866-301-1787 or get online at

Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 South 3rd Street in Steubenville, Ohio. Steubenville is 131 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2 hour drive.

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