Fort Allen was built in 1774 , during Dunmore’s War, in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, for protection of about 80 German pioneer settlers from Indian attacks. One of a chain of forts built along the Kittanning Hills from the Delaware River to the Maryland border, it was also known as Truby’s Blockhouse. The Fort  … Read more

Fort Pitt was abandoned by the British in 1772, after which time it fell to private ownership. In 1774, Fort Pitt waS renamed Fort Dumore, as Virginia reasserts its claim to the Forks of the Ohio, in Dunmore’ War. The Virginia Governor felt that Virginia, not Pennsylvania had jurisdiction over Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.  … Read more

Fort Pitt Block House was built near Fort Pitt, and is still there. It is the oldest authenticated structure in W Pa, and is now operated by The Daughters of the Revolution (DAR).

Fort Deshler was located near Egypt, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was a French and Indian War era frontier fort established to protect settlers from Indian attacks. The fort was actually a fortified stone blockhouse, that also served as Deshler’s home. Adjoining the building was a large wooden building, suitable as barracks for twenty soldiers and  … Read more

Fort Augusta was built in 1756 by Col William Clapham was the main stronghold of the English in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in the upper Susquehanna Valley, at the junction of the East and West branches of the Susquehanna River at a site now within the limits of the city of Sunbury. The site had been  … Read more

John Light (Johannes Licht), Immigrant, The Tract of land on which Light’s Fort was built, in 1742, was situated on a branch of the Quittapahilla Creek in Lancaster County (now Lebanon County) at 11th and Maple Streets. Used by local populance when Indian attacks were imminent. Abandoned as fort upon death of John Light, 1759

Founded by Moravians, on land acquired from William Allen, at the forks of the Lehigh River and Monocacy Creek, upon their leaving Nazareth, Pa, (See 1740 Nazareth). They thrived; much credit for such success can be attributed to the communal system they used. In 1762, Bethlehem built the first water-works in America to pump water  … Read more

The area was first settled by Moravians George Whitefield hired to construct a school. These Moravians were the first to have arrived in the North American continent. They had actually landed in Savannah, GA, in 1735, but due to their pacifist convictions, and unwillingness to engage in military defense of the area, they had been  … Read more

The area in which Easton is located was obtained from the Delaware Indians, who called it “Lechauwitank” (Place at the Forks) by the Walking Purchase; indeed, it is at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. Thomas Penn, son of William Penn, had a large grant of land on which he intended to establish  … Read more

William Allen purchased a 5,000-acre (20 km2) plot on September 10, 1735, from his business partner Joseph Turner, who was assigned the warrant to the land by Thomas Penn on May 18, 1732. Although the land was surveyed on November 23, 1736. Northampton Town (known as Allen’s Town) was not laid out until 1762 by  … Read more