Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitor Center

Historic Fort Steuben is a reconstructed historical fort located in Steubenville, Ohio along the beautiful Ohio River.  It is modeled after the original Fort built on the site in 1786-7 by the First American Regiment for the protection of surveyors who had been sent by the Continental Congress to map the Northwest Territory. During this time Native Americans were hostile.

The site was selected as most desirable for a military defense since it was bounded on the east by the Ohio River and lay on a slope of land that was uniform and drained toward the river with hills to the west which formed a natural amphitheater around the perimeter. It was on this site that Captain John Francis Hamtramck of the First American Regiment built a small blockhouse for the protection of his provisions while he and his men constructed the fort. By February 1787, Hamtramck and his men had completed construction of the fort and named it after Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian army officer who had ably assisted General Washington as his drillmaster in the Revolutionary War. The town that subsequently developed on the site still carries his name.

Two hundred years later, the non-profit Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc. was formed to reconstruct the fort on its original site and to offer historical and educational programs.

Today, Historic Fort Steuben is open to the public. The blockhouses for the enlisted men, the officers’ quarters, the quartermaster and the artificer’s shops, the guardhouse, the hospital and the commissary depict the daily life of the men who helped open up the new territories to settlement. A frontiersman’s camp and a display on surveying including an 1830 survey stone present a broader picture of the significance of the Fort.

The First Federal Land Office west of the Alleghenies is located adjacent to Historic Fort Steuben. This is the original structure and houses antiques as well as documents that were part of the early history of Ohio. A tour of the Land Office is included in your visit to Historic Fort Steuben, be sure to tell them at the visitor center that you want to see the land office. 

Visitors should start their tour at the Visitor Center.

Contact Information

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Reservations and Information:

120 South 3rd Street, Steubenville, Ohio 43952, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Historic Fort Steuben is open from May through October, M-F 10am-4pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. Sunday 11am-4pm. The Fort Steuben Visitor center and museum shop are open all year M-f 10am-4pm Except Holidays.
  • Seasons Open

    Fort is open May - October. Visitor Center and Museum Shop are open all year.
  • Prices and Fees

    Adults-$9, Seniors-$8; Students 6-12-$5; Children under 6-free.
  • Accessibility

    Historic Fort Steuben, visitor center and museum shop are accessible to visitors of all abilities. There are accessible restrooms in the visitor center with changing stations for our littlest guests. The buildings in the fort have access ramps that allow for all abilities to experience the spaces. The terrain in the fort is gravel and grass. The gate house is reachable only by a dozen or more stairs. The Land office is accessible through a gate from the parking lot. Visitors wishing to see that space should let the visitor center know and we will make accommodations. There is one step into the land office. Historic Fort Steuben is committed to welcoming guests of all abilities.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Pets are welcome on a leash.