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