Mount Washington Tavern Farmington Reviews
Mount Washington Tavern Sep 21, 2013
The Mount Washington Tavern opened in 1830 to serve travelers on the National Road, the first interstate highway commissioned by the federal government that stretched from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. George Washington never slept here (he died decades before it was built), but it sits on land he once owned just a short walk from the site of his surrender to French troops at Fort Necessity in 1754. Washington thought it was a good location for a tavern when the highway was first proposed in the late 1700s, though he never got around to putting one up.
Stagecoaches stopped at the tavern for passengers to grab food and drink, sometimes hundreds of people in a single day. Far fewer spent the night in one of the second floor rooms, in which two to three strangers would often share a bed. The Ritz Carlton this was not. The tavern prospered until the rise of the railroads which greatly diminished traffic on the National Road. It was sold in 1855 to become a private residence.
The National Park Service bought the old tavern in the early 1960s and incorporated it into the Fort Necessity battle site as a museum about life for travelers along the National Road (modern route 40). There is a parking area next to the tavern or you can walk to it using a short trail from Fort Necessity. There were no rangers present during my visit. Each room has a plexiglass barrier across the entrance, so you are confined to the hallways.
It costs $5 which is paid at the Fort Necessity Visitor Center and is good for five days, though in truth you can probably go straight to the tavern and not pay anything. This is one of those National Park sites that uses the honor system, so follow your own conscience. Supposedly the tavern is haunted, but skeptical me didn't see or hear anything besides the creaky floor boards under my feet. An interesting spot for a quick visit if you enjoy history.
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