Historic Fort Steuben is open for business for the season, with several new additions and a full slate of performers set for its concert series.
The roofs on four buildings at the fort were replaced, among other repairs, and a new walkway is being installed at the historic site, thanks to a local Eagle Scout. And new to visitors this year is an authentic Civil War-era cannon donated by a local resident, among other items.
Historic Fort Steuben is a true gem in our midst. Built in 1786 by the First American Regiment for the protection of surveyors sent by the Continental Congress to map the Northwest Territory, the fort site in what became Steubenville was chosen as the most desirable site for a military defense with the Ohio River on the east side and sloping land to the west creating an amphitheater around the perimeter.
More than 200 years later we are still enjoying the fort and all its history, as well as the Louis and Sandra Berkman outdoor theater that sits in the shadows of the West Virginia hills across the Ohio River.
It's at the amphitheater that the 2012 summer concert series will be held, beginning May 24. Every Thursday evening, Tri-State Area residents can enjoy a variety of music, from oldies to jazz to rock, and even a Beatles tribute.
A special event is planned July 12, which is Americana Night and will feature the 797th Regimental String Band.
As part of the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War, the band will bring songs about army life and camp food, ballads sung on the home front and popular music of the 19th century enjoyed by soldiers and civilians of the North and South.
Other events at Historic Fort Steuben this season will include Local History Day on June 16 and the annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days on June 23-24. There's also Constitution Week at the Visitors Center planned Sept. 10-22. And later in the year - Nov. 5-17 - the Civil War Sesquicentennial will be commemorated.
The Historic Fort Steuben has long been an important part of Steubenville, the Tri-State Area and America. Please take the time to visit it sometime soon.