Dating back to 1749, Fort Harrison, also known as The Daniel Harrison House, stands tall in the Shenandoah Valley. Passed down for centuries, this solidly-built limestone house is now owned by a non-profit organization called Fort Harrison, Inc. The organization restored and continuously maintains the old frontier house and recently installed historical signs to serve as constant teaching tools across the property.
“Like many small non-profit sites, we struggle to have the house open to visitors on a regular basis. For many years, we have been aware that people stop by when the house is not open for tours. Placing five interpretive, historical signs around the house and grounds was our first step in educating our unexpected visitors.” —Pat Early, Director, Fort Harrison, Inc.
Fort Harrison, Inc. designed five panels and diligently worked with Pannier to make the site’s story available for all who entered its grounds. It was important that the exhibits did not clutter and distract from the scenic back country. Pannier’s Fiberglass Embedded panels and aluminum Single Pedestal exhibit bases were the perfect size and style for the project.
“We were very careful in preparing text for the signs to use primary source documents as much as possible. Each sign relays a limited amount of information with the graphics (photos, documents, etc) telling the story we want to convey.” —Pat Early, Director, Fort Harrison, Inc.
Pannier has been helping historical societies and landmarks preserve and communicate their compelling stories for over four decades. We understand the importance of sharing knowledge of the past with present and future generations. That’s why we make long-lasting, durable signage with a 10-year warranty. The past endures, and so should your signs. Fort Harrison is a reminder of the pioneer spirit and rich heritage of the Shenandoah Valley and the historical signs are vital for public recognition and appreciation.
“After finding Pannier’s website and speaking with Robin Heddaeus, I quickly received information and samples. As we moved forward, the artwork was easy to upload and instructions were clear at every point in the process. I especially appreciated receiving approval prints that were accurate with regard to final color. We also found the signs easy to install. Sending pre-assembled panels made things much simpler.” —Pat Early, Director, Fort Harrison, Inc.
History is all around us. Many historic locations are written up in books or become local, state, and national landmarks. Certain locations even get memorialized with historic signs or markers. The creation of historical signs is a significant and strategic process that involves rigorous time and research. Pannier is here to help when you are ready to commemorate the past with historical signage.
For more information on Pannier’s outdoor signs, panels, exhibit bases, and frames, browse our website or fill out a contact form. We look forward to an opportunity to help you with your next signage project.