Historic Fort Roberdeau is just one of the important historical places located in Blair County PA. The fort offers visitors a look at the importance of the area in protection of settlers as well as development of munitions and iron production.
Fort Roberdeau is a replica of the original Lead Mine Fort that protected the natural resources used in making the ammunition for the Revolutionary War.The army was in much need of food, clothing, and other items used during the war.They were in desperate need of lead for bullets and musket balls. Daniel Roberdeau, a member of the Continental Congress meeting in York became aware of possible lead mines in central Pennsylvania.
He volunteered to organize an expedition to Sinking Valley, PA to try to find the supposed lead mines in the area.Mr. Roberdeau built a fort to protect the lead mines and smelters with his own money.Garrisoned at the fort were rangers and militia from surrounding areas.Local settlers often sought refuge at the fort during raids by Indians and British soldiers. The fort was used to store ammunition and other supplies until 1780. Visit Fort Roberdeau to see the reconstructed 1778 Revolutionary War Fort, exhibits, education center, picnic areas, and nature trails. Fort Robertdeau is located 7 miles off of Route 453 via Kettle Road.
Fort Roberdeau is one of 28 historic places in Blair County listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location of Fort Roberdeau