Pittsburgh, Virginia

Date(s) - 10/05/2019 - 09/26/2020
12:00 am

Fort Pitt Museum & Blockhouse


This exhibit explores a little-known fact of local history: From the 17th century through the American Revolution (1775-1783), the area around present-day Pittsburgh was subject overlapping claims by Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Using 18th-century artifacts and period imagery, the exhibit will tell a fascinating story about the lust for Indian lands (led by ambitious Virginian speculators like George Washington), colonial rivalries and the quest to preserve sovereignty by all parties involved.

The exhibit will also take a close look at the diverse community of Pittsburgh before the American Revolution and will feature early handwritten documents highlighting the practice of slavery in Western Pennsylvania during, and after, the Virginian occupation.

101 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States