Look back at Frontier Days

Tri-State Area residents can take a step back in time this weekend during the Ohio Valley Frontier Days at our Historic Fort Steuben.

Visitors on Saturday and Sunday can experience early American life on the Ohio frontier. Soldiers of the 1st American Regiment, Chief Logan and other American Indians, geographer of the U.S. Thomas Hutchins and many other re-enactors will bring history to life from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

And, this year’s installment of the frontier life at the fort looks to be better than ever, with more activities for young and old alike. It will include period music, demonstrations of traditional crafts and sales of handcrafted items, as well as food and games. And the history of the surveying and settlement of the Northwest Territory, made possible in part because of the protection offered by the soldiers at Fort Steuben to the surveyors for the federal government, will be detailed.

For true history buffs, American Indian games and the popular tomahawk toss are back this year. And there will be pony rides for children and a Saturday performance from award-winning Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free.

The cost for admission is minimal: $3 for those age 13 years and up, $1 for ages 6-12 and free for those under 6.

So plan to attend Steubenville’s popular Ohio Valley Frontier Days at the fort, at least one day this weekend. Take in the live blacksmithing, bucketmaking, candlemaking and woodworking demonstrations, as well as view soldiers of the 1700s lead military drills and explain 18th century warfare and discipline.

Historic Fort Steuben remains a must-see tourist attraction, and this weekend would be an opportune time to do just that.