Bushy Run Battlefield

Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeannette

Bushy Run Battlefield
4.5
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
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Bushy Run Battlefield preserves and interprets for citizens and visitors the site of this pivotal battle fought between British and Native Americans during the conflict known as Pontiac's War (1763-64). Highlights of the site include the interpretive exhibit, "The March to Bushy Run" at the site's visitor center, as well as guided and self-guided tours, special events and educational programs.
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SFgirl2006
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
Exceeded Expectations
Jul 2021
A gem of a historic site that explains well the French and Indian War. Highlights included the tour led by a historian who was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about the topic, the film that contextualized how the battlefield was involved in the war, as well as exhibits that explained the personalities and artifacts of the time. My visit today exceeded my expectations for a battlefield visit and I left with a deeper understanding of Western Pennsylvania and American history. The best $5 I spent this summer.
Written 15 July 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI6,862 contributions
Covered in snow...
Feb 2021 • Solo
...so it was a quick visit for me. I pulled into the visitor center lot, but everything was closed because of Covid. I got my second shot that day and celebrated by picking-up a Big Mac and some spicy McNuggets. Can't eat that too often, so it was the first time in months that I went to McDonald's. I'm 60 years old and wonder how long I'll be able to treat myself to that delicious poison every so often. Ate in my car as usual these days. Started feeling a little guilty about all the grease and wanted to explore a little bit and walk it off. I especially wanted to go take a look at a monument I saw off in the distance, but thought it best not to cross the heavily snow covered field. I've slipped and fallen recently a couple times, so I've been trying to be careful about such things. Aging sucks. Anyway I was able to get to it by driving back to the main road and pulling off closer by. It's a great monument that equally recognizes both sides of a conflict called Pontiac's War. From what I'm reading, or better yet from what I'm able to discern from reading, it was a conflict against the British by Native American tribes who were angry that promises made to them to end their involvement in the French and Indian War were unkept. Go figure: European/American colonialists/imperialists lying and cheating native populations out of land - that happened(s) everywhere in the world. That monument was really all I got to see here. I thought it to be very beautiful especially the representation of the Native American fighter. My impression of the soldier was that he looked like an old golfer at the British Open. I'd like to come back in better weather and see the rest of the area and learn a little bit more about what happened here. But better yet, I got plans to be elsewhere. Getting the vaccine is restorative and beginning to return me to the wider life and community I once belonged to. I'm outta here in my heart already.
Written 6 February 2021
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🎓🤓 Keep Life Simple 🤓🎓
Pittsburgh, PA34,639 contributions
Great walk
Nov 2020 • Solo
Bushy Run park is a unknown jem and a nice place to walk your dogs. Lots of scenery and a enjoyable walk in the park. If you have dogs this is the park for you.
Written 23 December 2020
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,358 contributions
French and Indian War battlefield
Oct 2020
It was a French and Indian War battlefield that has several signs around the area explaining what happened. The monument was pretty neat as well. Covid kept the visitors center closed so I wasn't able to visit that, but I hear there is great reenactment. There is free parking and when the VC is open it is cheap to visit.
Written 5 October 2020
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🎓🤓 Keep Life Simple 🤓🎓
Pittsburgh, PA34,639 contributions
Great place to walk your dogs
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Bushy Run Battlefield park is a great place to walk your dogs. There are numerous trails on both sides of the road. There's a large pavilion you can rent or use for a picnic and some picnic tables scattered throughout the large park. The parks association is with the lesser known French and Indian wars of 1760s and Indian uprisings in western Pennsylvania. The park is free to use just $5 fee to see a museum if that's your thing.
Written 29 February 2020
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MissLoisLayne
Washington, PA207 contributions
A battefield in your own backyard
Sep 2019
Bushy Run Battlefield is nestled among houses in Jeanette, PA. Parking is free. We started at the Visitor Center where the cost is $5.00/adult or $4.50 with AAA discount or for Seniors. Inside the visitor center are some exhibits (self-tour) regarding the 1700s during the time when the battle took place in 1763. The exhibits are kid friendly where kids are encouraged to put on colonial period outfits. There are some exhibits behind glass, but it appeared that the items or artifacts were reproductions. There is a short 15-20 minute film describing the 2 battles that took place there - with sound effects - get ready for your seat to vibrate with gunfire.
After the visiting the Visitor Center, we took a tour in an 8-seat golf cart (no extra fee, it's in the price of admission), with the volunteer tour guide. He took us over the open terrain to the place where the 1st battle took place (the open terrain used to be a wooded forest, however, the family that owned the land back in the 1930s, cut down the trees to reveal the open terrain), described how the American Indians were involved, then drove us to the Bushy Run Battlefield monument section. Next he took us to the other side of the battlefield where the 2nd day battle took place, up on "Edge" Hill and showed us where the British Soldiers had built a flour-sack fort and another monument there. Finally, the golf cart tour took us down the dirt road where many a soldiers and horses road, along with Captain Bouquet, to the wooded section where the battle took place, along with pointing out where the Settlement was back in the day. The tour wrapped up back at the visit center.
It was a nice ride in the golf cart with our tour guide pointing out various tidbits and the mini film and small exhibits were fun to see. Alternatively, you can walk the battlefields on your own and use the trail through the woods if you like. It probably would be nice to go back and see the land during the autumn with all the pretty fall leaves.
Written 1 October 2019
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76desert
West Virginia319 contributions
There's more history here that you would imagine; this really becomes apparent during the reenactment in August
Aug 2019
Although the French and Indian war isn't as well known as many other periods in American history, the Pittsburgh region has some rich sites pertaining to it--and the years right before and after it. Bushy Run is one such place; the battle that occurred here was after the peace treaty was signed by the French and English to end the French/Indian War. You'll learn how it played a pivotal role when Pennsylvania was still a British colony but had Indian uprisings. We attended during the annual reenactment in early August, and it was a very full day; highly recommended. However, visiting at other times can also be time well spent. Do get a museum tour to fully appreciate its significance in Pontiac's War. There's plenty of walking trails but do bring bug spray and a hat. When added to a visit for Ft. Ligonier, Ft. Pitt and the Braddock Historical Center (In Braddock PA) you'll gain a much greater appreciation the role this area played before the Revolutionary War. The Pittsburgh Entertainment book has a 2-for-1 coupon, although the admission is very reasonable (for the reenactment it's more ($10 per person) with no discounts but you'll get your money's worth).
Written 7 August 2019
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Brenda P
masontown, United States2 contributions
My favorite battlefield tour!!!
Jul 2019 • Couples
We were pleasantly surprised at how well this tour was! They took us back in time as to how the battle occurred. the golf cart was great for us senior citizens. We plan on taking our grandchildren this year. We highly recommend touring this battlefield. Our guide was awesome and made the trip very interesting!
Written 31 July 2019
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lessgress
Buffalo, NY8 contributions
History made fun!
Jul 2019 • Family
The volunteers at this location are what make it one of, perhaps even the best, historical site in the area. For $5 a person, we got a personal tour around the small museum. We could have walked around ourselves, but volunteer Nick talked to us about items and made the important battle come to life. My daughter has never been interested in historical lessons but Nick got her attention quickly. There is a movie and then a walking or golf cart tour. Take the golf cart tour! For this part, Rob and Nick both helped us imagine where the troops were, how they retreated, and how strategy was so important in this battle. Their passion and interest were contagious and we had a fantastic time. We had a picnic lunch at tables under a pavilion (welcomed as it was warm!). Lots of paths to hike. Bathrooms and grounds were clean and well cared for. There were few visitors and the park seemed to be frequented by local runners and dog walkers. All of the volunteer staff were friendly and welcoming. A fantastic place to visit.
Written 11 July 2019
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rvenezia2015
Parsippany, NJ22 contributions
A great Stop and Value
Jun 2019 • Friends
Bushy Run Battlefield is a little bit off the beaten path. There is a small museum with good displays of information. There is a also a fifteen minute video talking about the battle. Your entry fee is only five dollars, but it also includes a great golf-cart tour by Bob DeFalco. The tour is great and he takes you to many spots that would be hard to reach by walking.
Written 16 June 2019
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Bushy Run Battlefield is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
  • Wed - Sat 09:00 - 17:00