Moat at Fort LigonierInspiration for my designs comes from the strangest places sometimes. I had the opportunity to visit Fort Ligonier which is a British fortification from the French and Indian War and located in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The history of Fort Ligonier began in September 1758 and was concluded in March 1766, embracing the period of the French and Indian War and Pontiac’s War. The story of this time period is told through the remarkable Fort Ligonier museum exhibits and a fully reconstructed and restored fortification. Eight acres of the original site of Fort Ligonier have been preserved, with the subsurface features restored and the above-ground elements reconstructed.
|Approach to Fort Ligonier|
|One of the 3 gates into the fort|
The inner fort is 200 feet square, defended by four bastions and accessed by three gates; inside is the officers’ mess, barracks, quartermaster, guardroom, underground magazine, commissary, and officers’ quarters. Immediately outside the fort is General Forbes’s hut.Other external buildings include the Pennsylvania hospital (two wards and a surgeon’s hut), a smokehouse, a saw mill, bake ovens, a log dwelling and a forge.
|One of the bastions|
|Quarter Master Supply Building|
|Inside the quarter master supply building|
|Officer's sleeping quarters|
|Officer's Dining Area|
The officer's had a well furnished dining area and got better rations than the enlisted.
|Green Leaf Bracelet by Bay Moon Design|
Leaves were also the focus of the jewelry retreat I attended here in Lingonier. Heather Powers of Humblebeads taught to make a leaf out of 20 gauge copper and incorporate it into jewelry.