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Fort Roberdeau receives CARES grant

Fort Roberdeau will receive a $25,000 grant to offset lost operating revenue at the historical site in Tyrone Township, according to state Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg.

The funding, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, comes from the federal CARES Act.

Fort Roberdeau protected the lead miners and settlers of Sinking Valley during the Revolutionary War. The garrison there housed cannons, rifles, ammunition and other supplies.

Typically, the site is open every day for the public to explore interpretative panels, buildings, an 18th-century garden and an outdoor observatory.

However, its leadership closed buildings and canceled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to lost revenue totaling more than $40,000.

“Fort Roberdeau is a treasured part of Tyrone Township. Its programming is always quite popular with both local residents and visitors from all over,” Gregory said. “I’m thankful the Commonwealth Financing Authority recognized the hardship Fort Roberdeau and other museums and historical associations are experiencing.”

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