If you are a Clevelander looking for a fun and educational weekend family-friendly trip, consider a drive to Steubenville, Ohio on Saturday, June 23 or Sunday, June 24 and experience the Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Historic Fort Steuben. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.
Historic Fort Steuben Overlooking the Ohio River, the 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, the 1st American Regiment 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 and measuring and plotting maps) and hear their tales and their history.
Settlers outside the walls of the fort 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. Native American Chief Logan will relate his history and culture.
Free entertainment at Frontier days includes Native American storytelling, singing and dancing, and songs of Ohio and of Shawnee heritage presented 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 and tossing a tomahawk.
All of the buildings at 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 Frontiers Days are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for youth (6-12) and children under 6 are free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Ohio Valley Frontier Days or about Historic Fort Steuben call 866-301-1787 or get online at www.oldfortsteuben.com.
Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 South 3rd Street in Steubenville, Ohio. Steubenville is 131 miles from Cleveland and it approximately a 2 hour drive.