Pittsburgh is home to some of the most interesting historical sites from out nation’s past. If you’re a true history buff, you need to check out all the various places throughout the city, some dating back to pre-Revolutionary War.
Fort Pitt Block House is the oldest authentic building in all of Western Pennsylvania. Built in 1764 by Colonel Henry Bouquet of the British Army, it still has much of its original fabric intact and looks straight out of Colonial America. Fort Pitt Block House is open and free to public tours year-round as a registered historical landmark.
Hitch a ride up a century-old cable car that still functions just as it did when constructed back in the 1870s. The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines are a popular tourist attraction for any out-of-towners and Pittsburghers alike as they take passengers daily from Pittsburgh’s historic Station Square shopping area 300-feet up to Mount Washington. From Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington, you can scope out an incredible view of the Pittsburgh skyline (named the “second best view in America” by USA Weekend).
One trip to the Frick Art & Historical Center will truly take you away to the Victorian age. While there, make sure to tour Clayton, the restored home of Pittsburgh coal magnate, Henry Clay Frick. The Frick Art & Historical Center is also home to the Antique Car and Carriage Museum, the Frick Art Museum, and a greenhouse.
Hartwood Acres is a 629-acre equestrian estate park, which is also home to the Hartwood Mansion. In the summer season, Hartwood Acres hosts many free concerts and special events throughout the year.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located just outside of Pittsburgh in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. It is home to one of the most important battles in pre-Revolutionary War America and is still preserved and available for tours.
Woodville Plantation was the home of John and Presley Neville and is considered Southwestern Pennsylvania’s principal link to the late 18th century.
Kennywood is the one and only surviving of 13 amusement parks intended as trolley or railroad destinations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1898, the land belonged to Anthony Kenny and was known back then as Kenny’s Grove.
With so much fun and excitement going on in Pittsburgh, it’s easy to overlook the history behind these wonderful buildings, parks, and structures. Preserving our history during the construction of new and innovative facilities is what makes Pittsburgh a truly great city.