Fort Pitt: James Kenny’s Journal and the Frightful Winter of 1761-62


“Ye Hardest Winter ye Indians say they have seen here”

Though the onset of another bleak Pittsburgh winter may seem like just cause for curling up indoors to await the return of spring, the region’s mid-18th century residents were as active in the cold weather season as any other. The writings of an assiduous Quaker merchant who spent considerable time in and around Pittsburgh in its earliest days shed light on the activities that broke the monotony of the particularly grueling winter of 1761–62.

The Historical Society retains the right to reprint articles in any format or media, and retains the right to grant that permission to others.