We are a county park, and our grounds are open to the public year round 8am until sunset. Although the fort is only open to tours part of the year, there are other activities available at the site year round. Picnic tables, pathways, geocaching, a lot of space to walk and wander and cross country skiing in the winter.
Our award winning School tours are something a little different than what you may find at other sites. They are offered to school groups and other youth organizations. It is an exciting day of 18th century learning. Our tours are not a simple tour, but a day of educational stations that kids never forget. Are you an educator? Please check our updated standards page.
Fort Roberdeau was originally built in 1778 to safeguard a lead mining operation that General Roberdeau had planned and financed. The lead produced here was shipped east to be made into musketballs. The fort safeguarded not only miners, but the local population, from Tory and Native American raids, and established a foot hold for future generations of settlers.
Marketfaire is held every fall. It features Living Historians, Entertainers, Sutlers, Reenactors and a muzzleloading competition at the neighboring range. The Sutlers are artisans and sellers of 18th century goods and wares from throughout the Eastern United States . More Information.
Fort Roberdeau's cannon has been restored thanks to our dedicated crew of volunteers; Nicholas P. Kalenich; Randy Hollingshead; Ty Zimmerman and Tom Flynn. A special thanks to our volunteer blacksmith Ty for his dedication, time and artisan work on this project and to Rob Schmelzlen for the vision, planning the project and his leadership in getting it done for the 40th Anniversary Celebration.
The beautifully restored cannon was displayed at the Fort's Star Spangled 4th event then fired at Revolutionary War Days.
If you are interested in becoming a Fort volunteer and joining the cannon crew, then being trained and certified, please contact us here at the fort.
"Once up the Juniata River to the Lead mines to bring the stores away that had been left there. We brot cannons, shovels, picks, etc. down the river in boats. It was in the Spring of the year in short time we were away about a month –" William Ferguson