Bring your students on a field trip!
Guided field trips are offered at Fort Necessity throughout the year. Please call 724-329-8124 or email us to inquire about availability or to make a reservation.
How Children Learned in the Past Pre K -Kindergarten
Self-guided Field Trips K - College
The Fort Necessity Interpretive and Education Center includes a theater where the 20 minute film "Road of Necessity" is shown, museum exhibits on the French and Indian War and the National Road, a gift shop/bookstore, a multipurpose room for educational programming and an interpretative playground.
Visiting Fort Necessity is a great way for your students to learn history. Your class can attend one or more of the following 45 minute stations: guided tour of the reconstructed fort, guided tour of the Mount Washington Tavern, guided program on the American Indians and the fur trade or viewing the orientation film and seeing the museum exhibits.
The students will learn how American Indian children learned in the 1750s and how children learned in a 1840s one-room school. The field trip consists of two 30-45 minute guided programs.
School groups are welcome to visit Fort Necessity self-guided. Schools that offer students academic credit and visit the park to teach the students about the park's resources may be eligible for an academic fee waiver of the entrance fee. The class can see the park’s orientation film, visit the museum, walk to the reconstructed fort, tour the Mount Washington Tavern (season) and shop in the bookstore.
Three very different cultures came into conflict over trade and land, sparking the Battle at Fort Necessity. This guided program has the students go on a 1 hour guided tour to the fort where they participate in a mapping activity and learn that George Washington was short on supplies. The students also participate in a 1 hour workshop where through hands-on activities they discover how the French and British interacted with the American Indian through the fur trade.
Traveling and working in the 1840s was much different than today. This program helps students learn about travel and travel accommodations on the National Road. The students go on a 1 hour guided tour of the Mount Washington Tavern where they try-on old-time clothes and learn about the rooms from “voices from the past.” The students also participate in a 1 hour workshop where they do the tavern chores: washing the laundry, counting the money, making the biscuits and cleaning the horse stalls.