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Homeschool

Fort Ligonier offers programs and experiences that are a welcome addition to any homeschool curriculum. From special days planned for homeschool families to everyday opportunities for enrichment, homeschoolers will always find something to enrich their educational journey.


Homeschool Days

Fort Ligonier is excited to host Spring Homeschool Day on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and Fall Homeschool Day on Wednesday, September 11, 2019!

Homeschool Days are for all ages and include experiential learning activities. This is a great opportunity for a field trip experience, but also a time to share and network with other homeschool parents and children. We offer special pricing, programs and scheduling. You are also welcome to visit any other time of the year, but hope that you will join us for our designated Homeschool Day events this year.

Spring Homeschool Day-Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Activities run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, but you are welcome to stay and explore until 4:30.

Registration Options:

  1.  Download a registration form and return by mail: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SX_mdrEkb40rBsqbdi81yvHn_F8Uy72W/view?usp=sharing
  2. Register online by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-school-day-at-fort-ligonier-tickets-58371248977

Your family/group will receive a packet with your tickets, schedule, and map upon check-in (9:45-10:00 am).  Each family will be able to select stations based on their family’s needs and ages.  You will have the enough time to attend six of the different activity stations.  Activities are geared for preschool through high school age students, so please read the description below for each activity.  Please follow the start and end times for all activities.

Planned Activity Stations:

Guided Fort Tour (All ages)

Join one of our talented tour guides as they take you through the reconstructed Fort Ligonier and share the story of what happened in 1758. Learn of the daring campaign against Fort Duquesne and how crucial it was to not only Pennsylvania and America, but… THE WORLD!

Toys and Games of Colonial Times (All ages)

Even though we are at a Fort, we are not going to be playing Fortnite! Experience the different types of toys and games used for entertainment so many years ago. This hands-on activity will take your gaming experience back to 1758!

Make and Take: Day Book of Colonial Times (Grades 2 and Up)

Are you feeling crafty today? This is your chance to create a daybook and take it home for your use! Perhaps it is to keep your notes, your recipes, a list of chores, etc. but it comes in handy just like over 250 years ago!

Colonial Kids Station (Preschool-Grade 2)

You are never too young to start learning about history! This area allows young children to play and explore through toys, books, and an 18th century kitchen to begin their learning journey about Fort Ligonier and the French and Indian War.

Maps of Fort Ligonier: Maker Space (All Ages)

Turn off the GPS… now travel to Fort Duquesne! Maps are a great resource for museums and give us vital information into how people saw these areas in the 1700s and how they got somewhere. Learn about our primary source maps and contribute to the creation a community map of Fort Ligonier.

Guided Museum Tour (All Ages)

Have you been to our museum lately? Join our museum professionals and take a tour of the galleries that not only tell the story about this important time in history, but includes exhibits featuring world class artifacts, some that can only be seen here at Fort Ligonier.

Native Americans of the French and Indian War (Grades 5 and Up)

Find out more about the people who played a crucial role in the French and Indian war on both the British and French side. This station will focus on some key Native Americans that were at Fort Ligonier and their impact to this campaign and the French and Indian War.

18th Century Food and Drink (All Ages)

How would you feel about a pound of flour and a pound of meat? What did the soldier’s eat in 1758 and how did they survive without macaroni and cheese?! Find out about the diet of those living in colonial times and how it differed from today.

18th Century Art (All Ages)

I hope you chose the best snapchat filter! Create your own snapchat filter of the 1700s at this station where you create your own self-portrait. Find out the significance behind the art collection at Fort Ligonier and why art was important in the 1700s.

The Reading Zone (All Ages-Morning Only)

Enter the reading zone when you visit this station.  The Ligonier Valley Library Children’s Librarian will lead an activity and share books to help you learn more about what life was like in the 1700s.