Legends of the Mount Washington Tavern
Contact: Visitor Center Staff, 724-329-5805
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, 724-329-8131
FARMINGTON – Every old building has a history, and the Mount Washington Tavern, located on the National Road at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, is no exception. Visit this tavern on a regular day, and the park rangers will gladly share the documented history of building and the National Road. Visit the night of Saturday, October 24, though, and the Friends of Fort Necessity will share the undocumented history. The stories, passed down through local tradition, of interesting characters that visited, and possibly never left; of things that go bump in the night, or even bump in the day.
Interpreters will conduct the Legends of the Mount Washington Tavern tour three times; at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00p.m. Participants will park and assemble at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center. Nemacolin Woodlands will provide shuttle service from there to the Mount Washington Tavern.
The program is free and park entrance fees are waived for the evening. Space on each tour is limited, however, so reservations are required. Please call Fort Necessity at 724-329-5805 by October 21 to ensure your space on the tour.
The Friends of Fort Necessity is a new group dedicated to working with the National Park Service to the preserve the history of the Fort Necessity. The group is in the strategic planning phase. They are identifying types of projects they and the National Park Service can jointly accomplish. These may include fund raising, volunteering, or other ways to support Fort Necessity National Battlefield and memorialize its role in the development of the United States.
If you are interested in joining you may sign up at the Fort Necessity visitor center or e-mail us at: FriendsofFortNecessity@yahoo.com. For more information on this and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call (724) 329-5512 or visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/fone.
Did You Know?
George Washington’s ally, Seneca chief Tanacharison-also known as The Half King, complained that Washington “was a good-natured man but had no experience.” When referring to the fort the Half King said Washington “made no Fortifications at all, but that little thing upon the Meadow.”