Fort Necessity State Park Travel Guide

  • The path of the Braddock Road
    The path of the Braddock Road
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  • Mount Washington Tavern
    Mount Washington Tavern
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Fort Necessity State Park Things to Do

  • Mt. Washington Tavern

    This is a 'must-see' that I didn't see. I climbed part of the way up the trail (see warnings) and took this picture. The Tavern is part of the Ft. Necessity 'complex' (which includes Braddock's Grave and Jumonville Glen in addition to Ft. Necessity) and was being opened by the park ranger at 10:00 for a program.Mount Washington Tavern was one of...

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  • National Pike

    The original National Road, begun in 1811, ran from Cumberland, Maryland through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois to Vandalia, Indiana. In 1824 the National Pike was extended east from Cumberland to Baltimore.At its peak, the road stretched 620 miles between the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and far beyond. At one time plans were made to continue the...

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  • General Braddock's Grave

    There is a small outlying portion of Fort Necessity National Battlefield marking General Edward Braddock's grave site. He was mortally wounded near the Monongahela River, but reached this point before his death. A plaque along the road, marking this small park reads:Gen. Edward Braddock was buried here in 1755, after his disastrous defeat and...

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  • Jumonville Glen

    The Battle of Jumonville Glen, May 28, 1754, pitted a small force of Virginians under Colonel George Washington against an equally tiny force of about 50 French soldiers led by Joseph Coulon de Jumonville. This surprise attack and clear victory by Washington marked the opening clash of the French and Indian War as well as the greater Seven Years...

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  • Fort Necessity - the Great Meadows

    The Battle of Fort Necessity, also known as the Battle of the Great Meadows, occurred on July 3, 1754 during the French and Indian War when 600 French and Indians defeated George Washington's band of 300 Virginia militia and 100 British regulars. This conflict marked the only time George Washington ever surrendered in battle. The Battle of Fort...

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  • Nearby is Lake Youghiogheny

    Youghiogheny River Lake, or Yough Lake, was created by the Army Corps of Engineers' dam at Confluence, PA. The lake is 16 miles long and stretches from southern Pennsylvania into Maryland, with numerous campgrounds and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for boating, hunting and fishing. The dam was built in 1944 as a flood control measure and...

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  • Braddock's Camps along Braddock's Road

    In 1755 British General Edward Braddock led an army from Virginia to confront the French at Fort Duquesne. During his march he created the Braddock Road, remnants of which are still visible in the Pennsylvania woods today. The state of Pennsylvania has preserved the site of each of his camps with historical markers.I noticed at least four of these...

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  • Other Monuments at Fort Necessity

    Other monuments along US 40 near the battlefield include a monument to local men who fought in the nation's wars, as well as a stone plaque placed marking the Great Meadows. The Great Meadows plaque reads:This tablet marks the site of The Great Meadows where Lt. Col. George Washington fought his first battle and made his first and last surrender,...

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  • Mount Washington Tavern

    Built on land that was once owned by George Washington, the large tavern and inn sits on a hill near the battlefield and close to old Braddock's Road. The tavern was constructed in 1827 by Judge Nathnial Ewing of Uniontown to serve travelers on the National Road. The inn was added a few years later by James Sampey. This was one of numerous...

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Fort Necessity State Park Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 7, 2007

    Just like most state and national parks, this one has a little store associated with it. In addition to the books listed below it has a poster of Ft. Necessity ($20), a lapel pin and a patch ($3.95@), a tin whistle, binoculars, games such as a ball in cup toy and whirlagig, and Jacob's Ladder.

    What to buy: Books - Charming Field for an Encounter : $7.95- the story of Fort Necessity-of the remarkable men who fought at a remote frontier stockade in the year 1754
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    "Godey's Lady's Book" - Paper Dolls $5.95
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    Discovering Pennsylvania's Allegheny Heritage : $3.95

    Via the Path of Progress National Heritage Tour Route, you can rediscover colonial conflict, follow the course of westward expansion, and visit landmarks of American industrialization
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    Northeast Indians - Coloring Book : $2.50

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    A Charming Field - Poster
    This magnificent painting by artist Robert Griffin depicts the opening moments of the Battle of Great Meadows $20.00

    What to pay: Some items are available from the web address below

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Fort Necessity State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The trail wasn't particularly slippery, although it was drizzling when we stopped. But it was certainly steep. I could only climb part way up.

    There is parking up at the top so if you don't want to walk you can drive up.

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