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Derry in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wilson's Blockhouse

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
1. Wilson's Blockhouse Marker
Inscription.  Colonel James Wilson erected a blockhouse near this point, which served as a refuge for the early settlers of Derry Township. It was equipped with heavy wooden doors, fortified window coverings, and rifle holes on every side. The blockhouse was strongly built to withstand a long siege from the Indians, where a small group of six to eight men could easily defend themselves from twice their number of attackers.
 
Erected by Derry Area Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 22.704′ N, 79° 17.619′ W. Marker is in Derry, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on Hunter Road 0.1 miles west of Pizza Barn Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Derry PA 15627, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Barr (approx. 2 miles away); Fugitive Slave Rescue (approx. 3.9 miles away); Site of Former Associate Reformed and United Presbyterian Churches
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By Mike Wintermantel
2. Wilson's Blockhouse Marker
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(approx. 4 miles away); Blairsville Veterans Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Blairsville Armory (approx. 4 miles away); Hauling Coal From Salem #2 (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Banana Split (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fred McFeely Rogers (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derry.
 
Also see . . .  Derry Area Historical Society. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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