Swearingen's Fort Burial Site

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Swearingen's Fort Burial Site

Springhill, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Swearingen's Fort

Feature Type: Locale
County: Fayette
State: Pennsylvania

Latitude: 44.460 North
Longitude: -110.798 West

Elevation: Feet above MSL
( Meters)


"Swearingen's Fort was in Springhill township, near the cross-road from Cheat river towards Brownsville.

It derived its name from John Swearingen, who owned the land on which it stood, or from his son Van Swearingen, afterwards sheriff of Washington county, a captain in the Revolution and in the frontier wars, and whose nephew of the same name fell at St. Clair s defeat."

The Swearingen Fort was on the Catharine Swearingen tract of 468 acres, surveyed April 17th, 1786; not more than one mile from Morris Cross Roads. It stood on a knoll; the spot can be pointed out definitely. Duke Swearingen was captured by the Indians near it while fetching the cows. He never returned.

This fort was built by John Swearingen (son of MD Van) to protect families from Indians.

It was built on his land in 1774.
There is a plaque placed on the site in 1911 by the State of PA.

It is a small hill in the middle of a field behind the current owner's house.

The current owner's husband was plowing the field several years ago near the fort (no longer there) and unearthed part of a tombstone.

The stone and much of the writing is missing but.............. etched into the stone you can see a 4 and a small 0 to the left of the 4 taking up half the space even with the top half of the 4.

John Swearingen died in 1784. The bottom half of the 8 is missing so it could be the year 1784!

"The fort was built of split puncheon and dirt [stockade], and covered a large space of ground. There are no signs of the old fort visible, except what is indicated by the surface of the ground being at this place a little higher than the surface immediately around it." (Geo. H. Swearingen, MS.)

The land originally was owned by John S. Van Swearingen; it is now owned by the heirs of Michael Grow, dec'd. This fort was made in 1774.

GPS Coordinates: 39.75831, -79.87517

  • Added: 12 Sep 2016
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