Thank You for Visiting Fort Halifax Park Online!
This website will provide you an historical overview of the frontier fort Fort Halifax, the 1800's farmstead, the nature park, as well as information about current and upcoming activities. Additionally, there is information about the Non-Profit Organization, The Friends of Fort Halifax Park, that serves as the support group for Halifax Township assisting with maintenance, development, management, and the educational, historical, and nature programing of Fort Halifax Park.
Discover Fort Halifax
Fort Halifax was built in 1756 with the purpose of providing safe shelter for pack trains passing from Fort Hunter (Harrisburg) to Fort Augusta (Sunbury.) Due to the French and Indian War, settlers in the area regularly encountered deadly conflicts with Native Americans. Fort Halifax was built as a solution to the problem.
Meetings, Events, and News
Friends of Fort Halifax Park Inc. - Board Meetings
2022 Board Meeting Dates:
Board Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:00pm. Meetings may be held at any of the locations listed below.
Current Schedule of Events:
FoFHP is still looking for volunteers who will assist with meeting fundraising goals to complete and realize long range plans and goals for the park, the organization, and community. Currently we are looking for someone who enjoys fundraising (see picture below). We would like to offer more history and environmental education programming, events, archaeology excavations and explorations, and renovate buildings, trails, meadows, and gardens. We are well on our way, and as our organization grows and expands we want to offer more. We need volunteers to help meet these goals. If you are one of these people, let us know!
Friends of Fort Halifax Park, Inc. receives Community Initiative Award:
Read about this award that FoFHP, Inc. is honored to have received here
Thank you to the PA State Historic Preservation Office, Joe Baker, Dr. Jonathan Burns, our members, and community!
"Find the Fort" became "Found the Fort!"
Read all about it here!
Welcome New FoFHP Grant Writer and Member
Additional News of Interest:
- Fort Halifax Park chosen as Preservation Pennsylvania - PA at Risk site! Read more here!
- National Register of Historic Places - FoFHP received official notification in December 2020 that the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has designated Fort Halifax Park and Farmstead eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. This designation will assist the "Friends" in the process of qualifying for additional grants for the stabilization, restoration, and preservation of the 1800's Schweitzer Bank Barn, companion Farmhouse, and all outbuildings. The Sycamore Allee, part of Route 147 that bisects Fort Halifax is already on the National Register.