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White-tailed Deer

( Odocoileus virginianus)

By Becky Hingley, Conservation Intern

The white-tailed deer is the most common member of the Cervidae family to be found in Pennsylvania. Cervids, which also include moose, elk, caribou, and mule deer, are mammals classified by their split-hoof, lack of incisor teeth, and 4 chamber stomach. However, despite the white-tailed deer's abundance, they are difficult to see in nature because of their highly-developed senses and danger-response mechanisms. White-tailed deer have superb senses, both at night and during the day, which allow them to sense danger immediately. When they sense danger they are able to take-off, reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour and jumping 9 feet high and 25 feet wide. As a result, deer are often seen throughout Pennsylvania but are usually scared away when startled by humans. The open fields and nature trails of Fort Roberdeau provide a great opportunity to see deer in their natural habitat.

18th Century Dinner

We are pleased to announce our 18th Century Dinner for 2014. It will be held October 26, 2014 from 2-4pm. Call us for more information.

A major goal of Fort Roberdeau Historic Site is to educate the community about the local history of Pennsylvania during the 18th Century. Our dinner gives us an opportunity to do so while raising money for our education programs..

Welcome to Fort Roberdeau

Fort Roberdeau is a county park located in Blair County, Pennsylvania. We offer a variety of activities and services to the community. We have picnic tables, pathways and several hundred acres of public land. We are best known for the Fort located here. We offer tours of the fort, and special activities for organizations. Park hours are 8am - Sunset. You can contact us at (814)946-0048. Our Address is 383 Fort Roberdeau Road, Altoona PA. Our GPS is N40 34.916 W78 16.450

Want to know more about the fort? More about what it was like on the frontier in Pennsylvania during the American Revolution? A visit to Fort Roberdeau will help you imagine life in the 18th century. In 1778, the Pennsylvania frontier was the most dangerous place in North America. Supporters of independence battled British Tories and Native Americans in the valleys and along the ridges. Many settlers fled their homes in favor of safer places.The fort, although built to protect a lead mine operation, brought a sense of safety and security to the region. Come visit us, tour the fort and learn our story. If you enjoy your time with us become a member and consider volunteering.

Sunday Special

Fort Roberdeau offers a special educational opportunity for visitors who pay admission to the fort. Step back into history and visit a family of local settlers. Discover what life was like in the 18th century in what is now Blair County. Speak with them about 18th century life, interact with them, and even participate in some of their daily activities. Some of the Frontier Life activities may include cooking, and preparing meals, assisting in food preservation, toys and games of the period, tailoring, woodwork, carpentry, laundry and more.

Event: 
Repeats every week every Sunday 5 times .
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 13:00
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 13:00
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 13:00
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 13:00
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 13:00

The History of Sinking Valley

Through the Eyes of My Ancestors


Sunday, July 27 at 1:00 PM at Fort Roberdeau in White Oak Hall

Nancy Anson will share the pioneer stories of three of her Revolutionary War patriot families, the Moores, the Rollers and the McPherrans, and in the process, explore what life was like in the early days of the settlement of Sinking Valley Manor and the Presbyterian church.

Sweet William, Gun-Maker

Sweet William, gun maker, sets up shop at Fort Roberdeau Saturday, August 2, 11am-5pm and Sunday August 3, 1-5pm. Sweet William works on the guns of the fort's day. He will have a display of 18th Century muskets, rifles and other weaponry. Sweet William will build a gun before your very eyes. He will also share how frontier folks used their gun to start a fire.

Event: 
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 13:00

Sweet William, Gun Maker

Sweet William, gun maker, sets up shop at Fort Roberdeau Saturday, August 2, 11am-5pm and Sunday August 3, 1-5pm. Sweet William works on the guns of the fort's day. He will have a display of 18th Century muskets, rifles and other weaponry. Sweet William will build a gun before your very eyes. He will also share how frontier folks used their gun to start a fire.

Event: 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 11:00

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