The Opening Battle of a World War
The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. The stage was set for the American Revolution.Read More
Explore the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania
Western PA is home to five National Park sites showcasing the history and beauty of the region. What discoveries will you make?Read More
Roster of Virginia Regiment
Thirty-three men, mostly British, died at Fort Necessity. As no remains have ever been found, the battlefield is also treated as a cemetery.Read More
Teacher's Guide: Traveling the National Road
This 3rd grade teacher's guide on the National Road has ten units, including biographies of people along the road and their occupations.Read More
A variety of programs are available for scouts. These programs were developed to integrate with scouting programs and badge requirements.Read More
Field Trip: Three Cultures in Conflict
Park rangers guide students to the fort and have them participate in hands-on activities while they learn about the French and Indian War.Read More
Field Trip: Travelers and Workers
Students study the National Road; pretending to be travelers at the Mount Washington Tavern, then pretending to be workers doing the tavern chores.Read More
Did You Know?
The National Road was the first highway built entirely with federal funds. Authorized by Congress in 1806, construction began in Cumberland, Maryland in 1811. The road reached Vandalia, Illinois in 1838. Learn more at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive Center. More...