Once again, the massive gates of Historic Fort Steuben will open to welcome young and old as the 2017 Ohio Valley Frontier Days brings the past to live on June 3rd and 4th.

The annual festival brings together reenactors, crafters, musicians and history lovers to offer a sense of life over 200 years ago in Ohio.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 10am on Saturday with a procession through the site followed by a flag raising and program. Throughout the weekend there will be presentations on the tragedy of Chief Logan, Native American traditions, 18th century military drill, and various crafts including rope making, bucket making, woodcarving and candle making

The Northwest Territory School of Surveying will be open to students and visitors. Baron Friedrich von Steuben will teach the use of the musket, Frontier Dan will supervise the Tomahawk Toss, and Thundering Hooves 4H will again offer pony rides with photo opportunities. In the Visitor Center, members of the Ohio Valley Sons of the American Revolution will give information on researching genealogy.

Each of the Fort’s eight fully furnished buildings, the archaeology dig and the First Federal Land Office will have guides stationed to tell the stories of the people and artifacts that were there. The blacksmith, flintknapper, spoon maker, and candle maker demonstrate their skills while vendors sell their unique hand-crafted products. Among the vendors this year are Jewelry by Carol, The Crystal Cave, Green Fairy Botanicals, Spiritual Earth, Hand-Crafted Leather, and McMahon’s Irish Cottage Gifts. Several vendors will offer activities for our young visitors.

Members of “Many Nations” will teach Native American dancing and demonstrate and sell many of their crafts up by the Land Office.

Inside the Visitor Center, traditional music by Rich & Kathy Small (Saturday) and Bill Schilling & Friends (Sunday) will fill the air while award-winning Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free will perform on the outdoor stage on Saturday afternoon.

Food vendors will offer a selection of treats including Bison Burgers, gourmet popcorn, Elephant Ears, hot dogs, tacos, sno-cones and gelato.

On Saturday evening from 6:30-8:30, the event will move to Fort Steuben Park for a Frontier Dance on the lawn, under the direction of Bob Tomlinson ($5 donation requested).

Ohio Valley Frontier Days will run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. General admission is $6, for youth 6-12 it is $3, and for those under 6 it is free. A family rate is also available. For more information, call 740-283-1787.



This is the time of year when Historic Fort Steuben is populated by young people - modern young people - who are skillful with keyboards and cybergames and watch numerous movies, dvds and websites. You might think they wouldn't be interested in the old-fashioned ways of the past as presented at the Fort. But happily, that is not true: they love learning about the tough times their forebears experienced and the unique tools and skills that are not well-known today.

Whether it is feeling the pelts of animals used for trade or smelling the herbs used for insect repellent, they are excited and engaged, asking lots of questions. These happy faces prove that we are doing our job of "Keeping History Alive!" and that the next generation will have the wisdom of the past to guide their future.



Spring is here! With the mild weather, the Fort will be open sooner than usual. The massive wooden gates will welcome visitors beginning April 17th. Each of the buildings within the picket walls has an extensive exhibit detailing life on the Ohio frontier in the late 1800's. Self-guided tours are available, but to make the experience memorable we recommend you tour with one of our Interpreters who can explain the stories behind the things you will see. Call ahead and we will be sure to have someone available who will make history come alive!