Fort Necesssity National Battlefield

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One Washington Parkway, Farmington, PA, USA

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Fort Necessity Sep 19, 2013
In June 1754 a very young George Washington hastily built a small fort in the Ohio Country in fear of French retaliation for a massacre of French soldiers that occured under his command. Weeks earlier his contingent of Virginians and their Indian allies had attacked the small French force in the nearby woods, a skirmish that set off the Seven Years War and altered the European imperial landscape of North America.

The British and French had competing claims to the Ohio Country and used the Native American tribes as pawns. After the French built Fort Duquesne where modern day Pittsburgh sits, the Virginia governor sent the 22 year old Washington to persuade them to leave. Instead he was forced to surrender after the French opened fire on Fort Necessity and his Indian allies abandoned him. The French retained control of the region until their defeat in 1758, opening the way for American expansion to the Mississippi.

A recreation of the fort within the original earthworks shows how unimpressive it was - basically a shack for storage and a ring of wooden posts surrounding it. I was amazed that Washington survived the short battle, especially since the brother of the French commander was killed in the earlier firefight. The meadow and forest around the fort preserve the remote feel of the location, even though a highway passes nearby.

The visitor center surprisingly has extensive exhibits on the battle, the ensuing French and Indian War (American-speak for the Seven Years War), and the construction of the National Road as the first interstate highway in the early 1800s that runs alongside the park. There is a twenty minute film that covers the basics and a playground for the kids. Tickets cost $5 and are good for five days. A little nugget of history that is worth checking if you are in the area.
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cotton_foam says:
great photos and funny captions!!
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013
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Aditu Aditu
14 reviews
Aug 05, 2007
Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located right off US Rte 40 in Farmington, PA. The fort itself is not much to look at however, they have put in a new visitor center that is really full of information, not only on the Battle of Fort Necessity, but also on George Washington, and the development of Route 40 or the first National Road.

The Battlefield is part of the National Parks system and has many reenactments throughout the year as well as educational programs where students can take field trips to the visitor center and battlefield and learn first hand about the battle and the history of the area. The whole program is very interesting and if you have any interest in the history of Pennsylvania this is a great place to visit. Admission price is $ 5.00, children under 15 are free and if you have a National Parks park pass it's free as well.
Aditu says:
I never knew how interesting the place was, it was a really enjoyable day, glad you liked it as well!
Posted on: Aug 17, 2007
Andy99 says:
I visited Fort Necessity a few years ago. I liked the reenactors costumed as both British and French troops. They were very talkative and full of information.
Posted on: Aug 17, 2007

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