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A gem of a historic site that explains well the French and Indian War. Highlights included the tour... read more

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San Francisco, California
Covered in snow...

...so it was a quick visit for me. I pulled into the visitor center lot, but everything was closed... read more

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Reviewed 5 October 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.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank Dewayne P
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Reviewed 29 February 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: February 2020
97  Thank KeepLifeSimpleUSA
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Reviewed 1 October 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.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MissLoisLayne
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Reviewed 7 August 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).

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 76desert
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Reviewed 31 July 2019

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!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Brenda P
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