“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brownsville in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Redstone Old Fort

Redstone Old Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
1. Redstone Old Fort Marker
Inscription. This tablet is erected by the Great Meadows Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, to mark the site of the Redstone Old Fort, accredited to the Mound Builders. It is also the site of Fort Burd, built by the British in 1759, under Colonel James Burd. In 1786 Jacob Bowman established a trading post at the old fort. This point on the Monongahela River was the western end of Chief Nemacolin's trail.
Erected 1929 by Great Meadows Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 40° 1.386′ N, 79° 53.036′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is on Market Street east of Brown Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Market Street turns right to join U.S. 40 just east of here at its Monongahela River bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsville PA 15417, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance
Nemacolin Castle Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
2. Nemacolin Castle
Marker is on the retaining wall just out of frame on the right. Front Street climbs up from Market Street to the right of the castle.
of this marker. Philander Knox (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dunlap’s Creek Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Brownsville - Route 40 Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Cast Iron Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Steamboat Enterprise/Boatbuilding Center (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brownsville.
More about this marker. Marker is on the retaining wall at the sidewalk's edge. Nemacolin's Castle is directly above the marker. The National Road (and U.S. 40) was Market Street just west of this point. It climbed this bluff as Front Street. That steep climb, still paved in red brick, was recently closed to vehicle traffic.
Regarding Redstone Old Fort. There are no remains of Redstone Old Fort or of Fort Burd. Above this site overlooking the Monongahela River is Nemacolin Castle. The Castle was the residential estate of the Bowman family in the 19th century. The Bowmans ran a large number of industrial enterprises in the local area.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Burd—Redstone Old Fort. 1896 Report on the frontier
Nemacolin Castle at Front Street Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
3. Nemacolin Castle at Front Street
Front Street begins its descent to Market Street off frame on the left.
forts of Western Pennsylvania. (Submitted on April 14, 2006.) 

2. Nemacolin Castle Timeline. From pre-1734 to 1995. (Submitted on April 14, 2006.) 

3. Historic Context of Nemacolin Castle. History of the the Brownsville area from the Moundbuilders to the 1850-era castle. (Submitted on April 14, 2006.) 

4. Nemacolin (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,902 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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