George Washington casts a long shadow at Fort Ligonier. He was stationed at the fort in 1758, and nearly died in a "friendly fire" incident while on patrol about two miles away.

These saddle pistols were a gift to Washington from the Marquis de Lafayette in 1778. An heir of Washington's presented them to Andrew Jackson in 1824, the year he was nominated for president. Jackson bequeathed the pistols to the Lafayette family years later, and here they are now, having absolutely nothing to do with Fort Ligonier, and obviously unwanted by everyone who ever owned the things.