National Park Service to Host Encampment of Maryland Forces Re-enactors at Fort Necessity
Contact: Brian Reedy, 724-329-5811
FARMINGTON, PA – Maryland Forces, a re-enactment group that portrays the lives of soldiers during the French and Indian War, will be demonstrating an encampment Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24, at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington, PA. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome walk through the encampment at their own pace. This is the second consecutive year that Ft. Necessity has hosted Maryland Forces for an encampment.
"We are very pleased that Maryland Forces could come back to do another encampment this year and build upon the success of last year's event," said MaryEllen Snyder, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Ft. Necessity. "This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get an up close look at what life was like for soldiers during the French and Indian War.
In addition to the encampment, the park staff will offer its regularly scheduled Soldier Life and Musket demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Members of the Maryland Forces will be assisting in these talks by firing a volley at the end of each presentation.
Ft. Necessity National Battlefield is located on US Hwy 40, the historic National Road, eleven miles east of Uniontown.The park also maintains the Mount Washington Tavern – a historic tavern that houses exhibits on the National Road, Jumonville Glen – the site of a skirmish that preceded the battle at Fort Necessity, and the gravesite of British General Edward Braddock.These areas are all open to the public.
General admission for the park is $5.00 per adult.Children 15 and under are free of charge.The fee is collected at the park's
Did You Know?
When James Sampey, the tavern keeper at the Mount Washington Tavern, died he had eight children ranging from an infant to a 24 year old. His wife, Rebecca, took over the operation of the tavern. Thomas Searight noted that “in many instances widows kept the best taverns along” the National Road.