Fort Roberdeau is also called the Lead Mine Fort … or the Revolutionary Fort where nothing happened.
The fort was originally built back inn 1778 to protect both the settlers and the lead mining in the area. Wealthy General Roberdeau oversaw the construction. He was a Congressman and had some clout.
Actually a lot of Tories were running around Pennsylvania. Causing problems for the colonial settlers was a popular activity. So the fort was a haven … though no Tories ever attacked it. But it did serve as a place to store the ammunition.
The unusual thing about the fort is that the logs were horizontal rather than vertical (as they are in most forts). That’s because of the limestone in the area – the posts couldn’t be stabilized.
And the fort was only open for a few years.
Then the fort disappeared for a couple hundred years.
Meanwhile, back in the 1800s, someone built a house across from the fort … or what used to be the fort before it disappeared in the woods.
So when the fort was restored for historical purposes, the organization also bought the farmhouse … and they now hold 18th century dinners, quilting bees and educational classes for kids in the house.
And when I was a kid (which was NOT during the Revolutionary War), my parents owned the house. So, it was a lot of fun getting to show at least some of my grandchildren my childhood home.