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Fort Everett
By: Julie Lubinsky

Pioneer Village
Fort Everett located in Pioneer Village within Ontelaunee Park

The only fort erected in the territory now known as Lehigh County was located in Lynn Township, New Tripoli. Initiated by Benjamin Franklin, Fort Everett was one of a series that were built during the period 1753-1758 along the south and north bases of the Blue Mountain (Kittatinny Ridge) between the Delaware River and the Susquehanna River.

Gone But Not Forgotten
Fort Everett left the scene in the 1750's after the French and Indian War. After approximately 245 years it has returned to be enjoyed as a reminder to the pioneers who settled our country. If you have not seen the latest version, stop by Ontelaunee Park and you’ll find it adjacent to the Zeisloff Log House.

Very little is known about Fort Everett. Franklin, in a letter of January 25, 1756, says: “Foulke is gone to build another between this (Fort Allen) and Schuylkill Fort, which I hope will be finished (as Trexler is to join him) in a week or ten days.” This fort and its stockade wall was rebuilt with the intent of simulating the approximate appearance of the original fort.

Pioneer Village
Very little is known about Fort Everett.

According to the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Field Guide, the idea for reconstruction of Fort Everett began early in the 1960s when Boy Scout Troop 29 from New Tripoli constructed a replica of the fort and its stockade on a flatbed trailer for use in parades.

Read more about Fort Everett's return to Lynn Township.

Plan Your Trip
Fort Everett is available to view from the outside anytime the park is open; however you'll only have a few chances during the year to see the inside, so plan your trip accordingly. Every October the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society holds its annual Pioneer Festival and in addition to other fun filled family activities and entertainment, they host tours of the inside of the cabin.

Ontelaunee Park
7911 Kings Highway
New Tripoli, PA 18066-4519
Click here for Mapquest.com directions.
The park is located on Route 143 (Across from Ebenezer United Church-Christ) off of Route 309 in New Tripoli.

Pavilion reservations within Ontelaunee Park are handled through Lynn Township, visit their website or call 610-298-2645.

Group tours of the Pioneer Village in Ontelaunee Park are handled through the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society, email us.

Do you plan to visit or have you previously visited the Fort Everett? Leave a message below!

   

 
 
The Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 organization.