Welcome to Ashby's Fort Museum! Join our exploration of a fort site from the French and Indian War.
The Friends of Ashby's Fort exists to support the Ashby's Fort Museum and historical site, to educate the public about our predecessors who were pioneers in this land, to honor the struggle of settlers and Native Americans on the frontier, and to preserve, interpret, and bring to life the cultural heritage of the site as a legacy for future generations.
Museum Closed Remainder of the Year
Because of the requirements of social distancing during the current coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Friends of Ashby's Fort decided that we will remain closed for the season. But that doesn't mean we are inactive. If you drive by the Fort Museum you will see that we have a new parking lot, and in June we will install exterior displays that will allow people to give themselves a tour of the 1755 fort site. We are enhancing our landscaping. And we are also working on bringing the museum interior, with its exhibits, up to the high standard of museum display that we established in the Visitor Center. Please come and visit the site in July to enjoy the new outdoor explanatory signs.
We will be closed for the remainder of 2020 due to the pandemic. Stop by in July to see the new outdoor signs explaining the original fort, and we will see you next year.
We have added an easy way to become a member of Ashby's Fort! Check out our Memberships page and find out how to get involved and support the Fort.
Fort Ashby Days - 2019
Last year's Fort Ashby Days were another great success. We had Josephine County kick off the weekend with another great concert, and enjoyed a wonderful parade on Saturday. Thanks to Boyce-Houser Post 41 for the flag ceremony, Mercer's Company for the great drills, Ashby's Company for the Camp Reenactment, William Hunt for his French Marine presentation, Mike Getty for the great Pole Lathe demonstrations, Tom and Gwen Golden for the tasty food, Jim Hoey for his historical presentations, Shanty Irish for a rousing concert, and everyone else who made the weekend great!
Most of all, thanks to everyone who came out to see our new Visitor Center and share in all the fun.
Latest Site Map
Dr. Stephen McBride, Fort Ashby's Archaeologist, sent this terrific site map of the combined excavations done thus far. Incredible work! We can't wait to see what comes with this year's dig...
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Let Your Name Go Down
The brick walkway leading from the new Edgell and Irma Pyles Visitor Center to the Old Museum building and the Fort site offers us all a unique opportunity to be remembered for generations to come.
The Friends of Ashby’s Fort invites you to sponsor a brick engraved with your own name or that of a loved one or of your organization.
Each brick measures 8 inches by 4 inches and can be engraved with a text of your choosing.
Your brick will be placed in the walkway for visitors to see. It is a wonderful way to honor individuals and families, service organizations, fallen heroes, churches, clubs, businesses and associations for a century or more. One brick already ordered honors a local police department. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Each brick costs only a modest $50. You may order multiple bricks with the same inscription or with each brick different. The cost is the same. For more information, call 304-303-3366.
I would like to support Ashby's Fort by ordering a brick!