Going back to the frontier

Tri-State Area residents will have the opportunity to see the past brought to life this weekend during Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Historic Fort Steuben in downtown Steubenville.

Visitors on Saturday and Sunday can experience early American life on the Ohio frontier. 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, will be detailed.

That look at our region’s history will include a chance to learn from American Indians about the lore and games of the woodland tribes. Guides will be stationed throuhgout the fort area, the ongoing archaeology dig and the First Federal Land Office in the Northwest Territory. Attendees will get a glimpse at what life was like during that period.

There will be military and craft demonstrations, tours of the fort and land office, a scavenger hunt, a tomahawk toss and the chance to march with Baron von Steuben. Numerous vendors will be on hand to sell their unique hand-crafted products. Hungry visitors will find fare including bison burgers, gourmet popcorn, elephant ears, hot dogs and gelato to snack on, and the Visitors Center will come alive with traditional music. There’s even a colonial dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the fort.

Ohio Valley Frontier Days runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for those 13 and older and $3 for youth between the ages of 6 and 12. There is no admission charge for those younger than 6, and a family rate is available, organizers explained.

We hope area residents will attend Ohio Valley Frontier Days. The annual event offers a chance to visit Historic Fort Steuben, one of the region’s top tourist attractions, and to learn about our region’s history.

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