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Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent’s Fort: The Life and Times of Trenton’s Founder
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent’s Fort
Hear about the life and times of the son of Trenton’s founder in the years before the American Revolution
The Trent House Association hosts Jason Cherry, author of a recently published account of Captain William Trent as he led a militia company to establish a fort on the far frontier of the English colonies in the 1750s. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the 1719 William Trent House (15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ, 08611).
In the year 1754, before a young George Washington would set the world on fire, trader William Trent, son of William Trent of Trent’s Town at the Falls of the Delaware, and his hired volunteers would begin an outpost at the Forks of the Ohio. This would not only lay the foundation for the conflict known as the Seven Years War in Europe and the French and Indian War in the colonies, but also began the early remnants of the city we know today as Pittsburgh. In his book, Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent’s Fort, author Jason Cherry reveals new details about Trent’s foray at the frontier of the English colonies and pieces together Trent’s eventual role in American history. In addition to the talk and book signing, visitors can tour the 300th year-old house built by Captain Trent’s father, which includes the bedroom of his young son who lived here as a child, and view the silk vest that the younger William Trent wore to the Court of St. James in July 1759.
Tickets are $8 for Trent House Association Members and $10 for general admission; tickets can be purchased at the door. Light refreshments will be served. The Trent House is located across from the Hughes Justice Complex with free off-street parking. Details are available at williamtrenthouse.org.
About Jason Cherry — A native of Butler, Pennsylvania and 2002 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Jason Cherry has reenacted the French and Indian War for almost 30 years portraying the group of volunteers hired under William Trent Jr in 1754, a unit known as Captain William Trent’s Company. He also has conducted several speaking engagements over the last 15 years on George Washington’s role on Western Pennsylvania in 1753 and 1753. He works as an Assistant Group Supervisor for Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Gibsonia, PA and reenacts with his wife Emily and his two beautiful daughters Penny and Charlotte.