• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

National Park Service Plans events at Mount Washington Tavern for National Road Festival

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Date: May 10, 2010
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, 724-329-5512

Farmington, PA – The Mount Washington Tavern at Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16 for the National Pike Festival. Park volunteers and staff in period costume will greet visitors to the historic Tavern. Visitors can learn about the tavern’s history from the costumed interpreters.

The Friends of Fort Necessity will present interpretive vignettes in the Mount Washington Tavern on Saturday, May 15. Vignettes will include costumed volunteers in the barroom, kitchen, parlor, upstairs, and at the wagon shed. They will share stories and information about the Tavern and National Road. There will also be a blacksmith working and a sergeant recruiting for the Fayette County Militia. The sergeant will provide insight into basic drilling and Militia enlistment, as it was often completed at taverns.

On Sunday, May 16 Park Rangers will provide guided tours and volunteers from the Chief Tanacharison Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists will serve complimentary light refreshments in the Mount Washington Tavern.

The National Pike Festival held every year the third weekend in May is known as the "world's longest festival.” Celebrations continue along 90 miles of the Historic National Road in Pennsylvania. Organized by volunteers from every community along the Road, the festival helps capture the spirit of the early 1800's travelers of the Road.”

The Mount Washington Tavern is located at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, eleven miles east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania on US Highway 40, the National Road. A $5 entrance fee covers all park activities. Children 15 and under are admitted free. For more information on this or other programs at Fort Necessity, contact the park office at 724-329-5512, or visit www.nps.gov/fone.

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Did You Know?

Drover herding sheep along the road

Jesse Peirsol, a wagoner remembers one night at a tavern where there were 30 six-horse teams parked in the wagon yard, 100 mules in a pen, 1,000 hogs in an enclosure and as many cattle in the field. He said he would never forget “the music made by this large number of hogs, in eating corn.”