Albert Gallatin married Sophia Allegre in the spring of 1789 and brought her here to Friendship Hill. Sophia fell ill and died not long afterwards in October of the same year. Albert buried her in the woods south of the house. Her death had a large impact on Albert and he actually thought hard about returning to live in Geneva. He would eventually remarry again, in 1793, and be buried alongside his second wife, Hannah, in New York City.
There are several trails - 9.6 miles in total - taking you through forests, meadows and along the banks of the Monongahela River. You will find Sophia’s grave - though as you can see from the website, that there is some question as to who exactly lies in the grave - a few hundred yards south of the house along the Main Loop trail. Some say that Sophia is not buried here and that she wanders about the house and the grounds of the home. That may have been another reason that Hannah wasn’t too keen on living here.
The Stone House and the Stone kitchen were added during 1823-24 in preparation for Albert Gallatin’s retirement from public service - he was serving as Minister to France at the time. The sandstone used came from the banks of the Monongahela. The was the home when visited by the Marquis de LaFayette on his farewell tour of America in 1825. The Gallatin family would move away from Friendship Hill in the autumn of 1825 and the house was sold in 1832, Subsequent owners have doubled the size of the home from Gallatin’s time.
Built into the north side of the Brick House as Gallatin’s family began to grow in the late 1790’s after he had remarried. The Frame House added a dining room and another bedroom to what already existed from the time of the Brick House.
99.9% of visitors to Friendship Hill will come by car. A few may come by bicycle. Another interesting way to arrive is to come by kayak or canoe from the nearby Captain’s Watch Inn across the river in nearby Greensboro. Friendship Hill is about 1-2 miles upstream from the inn. The paddle is an easy one that takes you past the remains of Dam and Lock Number 7; the mouth of George’s creek - where the original settlement of New Geneva was located; a rail trestle; several coal barge loading sites and coal barges, themselves, are passed as you make your way. You can pull your boat ashore just upstream of the rail bridge and find the Main Loop trail just above the river bank. Follow that trail up the Friendship Hill house.