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    Fort Necessity

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September 24, 2013
National Public Lands Day
No Entrance Fees to be Charged in Western PA National Parks on Saturday September 28, 2013

July 16, 2013
Encampment at Fort Necessity National Battlefield Commemorates 250th Anniversary of Pontiac’s Rebellion
An encampment of American Indian and British re-enactors at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21 will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion. The camp will be open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

June 27, 2013
Fort Necessity Anniversary commemoration includes VFW Band Concert
Special events at Fort Necessity July 3 include a Naturalization Ceremony and a free outdoor concert by the VFW Post 8543 Band.

June 24, 2013
Celebrate America’s Independence At Your Western PA National Parks
The National Park Service invites you to celebrate America’s Independence by attending special July 4th events in the five Western Pennsylvania National Parks.

May 22, 2013
Summer Events Provide Two and Half Centuries of American Inspiration
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial have new offerings and events for family and friends of all ages and interests. From June through August, over 50 special events are planned in western Pennsylvania's five National Parks sites.

May 10, 2013
Tavern Keeper Dead – Wake Set for May 18-19
The Friends of Fort Necessity and park staff will present programs about mid-nineteenth century funeral practices Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Mount Washington Tavern will be open all weekend for the National Road Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

June 22, 2012
Cherokee Culture Festival at Fort Necessity
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will offer cultural presentations and demonstrations, including traditional dance performances by the Warriors of AniKituwha, a Cherokee dance group at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8.

May 23, 2012
Encampments provide glimpse into the past
Encampments at Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Jumonville Glen the two weekends of May 26-27 and June 2-3 will present accurate portrayals of dress, customs, manners, and activities of historic soldiers and warriors

April 06, 2012
“Emissaries of Peace” Exhibit opens at Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Emissaries of Peace: 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations, 250th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit will be presented in partnership with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Friends of Fort Necessity. Travis Henline will present a living history program beginning at 1:00 p.m. portraying Lt. Henry Timberlake,an emissary among the Cherokee people in 1762. The event coincides with the National Park Service Junior Ranger Day. Special children’s activities will be available. Admission is free for the day.

February 28, 2012
National Parks of Western Pennsylvania = visitors, money and jobs for local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 643,000 visitors in 2010 spent $28 million in the five national parks in Western Pennsylvania and in communities near the parks.

October 28, 2011
Fort Necessity NB & Friendship Hill NHS Winter Hours announced
The Mount Washington Tavern, will be closed from November 1, 2011 through April 1, 2012. Jumonville Glen will close November 1 and reopen May 1, 2010. The picnic area at Fort Necessity is closed November 1 through April 14. Friendship Hill NHS is open weekends only November through March.

September 30, 2011
Friends of Fort Necessity present “Legends” program
Legends of Fort Necessity on Saturday evening, October 15, 2011. This special program is the October installment of the Friends of Fort Necessity Lecture Series and will highlight the history of the Braddock’s 1755 campaign to the Forks of the Ohio.

July 26, 2011
Friends of Fort Necessity August Lecture
The Friends of Fort Necessity Lecture Series hosts Joshua Scully to discuss "From Quebec City to Port-au-Prince," Aug. 10. Mr. Scully discusses the rise and fall of France's North American Empire.

July 13, 2011
National Park Service to Host Encampment of Maryland Forces Re-enactors at Fort Necessity
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 Battlefeld, Farmington, PA.

June 30, 2011
Braddock Anniversary Commemoration Features Artillery Demonstrations
The National Park Service will commemorate the 256th anniversary of the Braddock campaign at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday, July 9. Park staff and First Allies Living History Group of the Oneida Indian Nation

June 14, 2011
National Road Bicentennial Exhibit Opening at Fort Necessity
“A Work Worth of a Great Nation”: Bicentennial of the National Road features artifacts on loan from The Washington County Historical Society along with items from Fort Necessity’s collection. The exhibit, which chronicles the history of the National Road, will be up through October.

May 25, 2011
Anniversary Program at Jumonville Glen Includes Encampment
Historical portrayal of dress, customs, manners and activities of these historic soldiers this Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at the Jumonville Glen unit of Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

April 14, 2011
Fort Necessity Entrance Fees Waived During National Park Week
No abstract supplied.

January 11, 2011
Keith Newlin Named Superintendent of National Parks of Western Pennsylvania
Keith Newlin has been named superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania effective February 1, 2011. He will serve in the position for one year. He replaces Joanne Hanley, who will retire at the end of January.

January 10, 2011
Fee Free Weekend at Fort Necessity January 15-16
Fort Necessity National Battlefield, along with all 394 national park areas across the United States, will be fee free Saturday, January, 15 through– Monday, January 17, in honor of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

October 05, 2010
Friends Group presents Legends of Fort Necessity
The Friends of Fort Necessity will present the Legends of Fort Necessity on Saturday, October 16, 2010. This program will be the October installment of the Friends of Fort Necessity Lecture Series.

September 16, 2010
Naturalization Ceremony marks Constitution Day
In celebration of Citizenship Day/Constitution Week September, the United States Citizen and Immigration Service will conduct a naturalization ceremony Friday, September 17 at Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

August 30, 2010
Stoneware’s Impact on Western Pennsylvania beyond 1850-1890
Potter Phil Schaltenbrand will be the speaker for the Friends of Fort Necessity's September Lecture Series. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 8

August 26, 2010
Fort Necessity Entrance Fees Waived This Weekend
Admission to America’s National Parks, including Fort Necessity National Battlefield, will be free Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15.

August 16, 2010
Historian to Portray Cherokee Leader at Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Historical researcher Doug Wood will present Turning The Tide Of War: Outacite Ostenaco and the Cherokee-British Alliance during the French & Indian War Friday, August 27, 2010 700 p.m. Fort Necessity Visitor Center

August 11, 2010
Warriors Weekend at Fort Necessity National Battlefield
No abstract supplied.

August 03, 2010
The Tree Army Makes Camp at Fort Necessity
The Lecture Series for the Friends of Fort Necessity continues on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Speaker for the evening is Jeffrey Meyer. His subject is “The Tree Army Makes Camp at Fort Necessity.”

July 06, 2010
Historian Addresses Friends of Fort Necessity
No abstract supplied.

May 24, 2010
Jumonville Anniversary program and British and French encampments at Fort Necessity
Special programs over Memorial Day weekend include the Anniversary of the skirmish Jumonville Glen, Friday, May 28 and encampments of French Marines and British Colonials to at Fort Necessity.

May 10, 2010
National Park Service Plans events at Mount Washington Tavern for National Road Festival
No abstract supplied.

October 28, 2009
Fort Necessity to receive original Jumonville document at French and Indian War Seminar
No abstract supplied.

October 22, 2009
Winter Operations 2009-2010
The National Park Service announces the winter hours of operation for visitor facilities at Fort Necessity NB and Friendship Hill NHS.

October 08, 2009
Legends of the Mount Washington Tavern
Visit the Mount Washington Tavern on a Saturday, October 24. Legends of the Mount Washington Tavern tours at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00p.m., are sponsored by the new organization, Friends of Fort Necessity.

July 31, 2009
Warriors Weekend at Fort Necessity
Warriors Weekend at Fort Necessity National Battlefield includes Program on Indian Women and War

May 22, 2009
Special Weekend Programs at Fort Necessity
No abstract supplied.

May 22, 2009
Look at Soldier's Life offered at Jumonville Glen
No abstract supplied.

February 19, 2009
Winners of 2009 Washington's Birthday Art Contest Announced
The National Park Service will honor the winners of the Fort Necessity Washington's Birthday Art Contest with an award ceremony Saturday, February 21.

January 15, 2009
Interpretive Center Closed for Martin Luther King and Washington's Birthday Holidays
The visitor center at Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be closed Monday, January 19 and Monday, February 16 in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Washington's Birthday federal holidays.

December 19, 2008
Fort Necessity Announces Holiday Hours
The visitor center at Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be closed Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26, 2008. The visitor center will also be closed Thursday, January 1, 2009.

November 05, 2008
Original 1771 Bill of Sale of Washington's Fort Necessity Unveiled
No abstract supplied.

October 24, 2008
Winter Operations 2008-09
The National Park Service announces the winter hours of operation for visitor facilities at Fort Necessity NB and Friendship Hill NHS.

September 23, 2008
Southwest Pennsylvania parks to mark National Public Lands Day
Americans can enjoy free admission to National Parks and other public lands Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2008 in observance of National Public Lands day. 

July 30, 2008
Warriors Weekend at Fort Necessity National Battlefield
No abstract supplied.

June 30, 2008
American Indian Traditional Skills Demonstration Weekend
No abstract supplied.

June 30, 2008
Memorial Salutes this Weekend at Fort Necessity
No abstract supplied.

May 27, 2008
British Colonials and French Marines to Encamp at Fort Necessity
Historic detachments of French Marines and Colonial British troops will set up camp in the Great Meadows at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on this weekend, May 31 and June 1.

May 08, 2008
National Park Service to Offers Two Workshops on
No abstract supplied.

March 05, 2008
Input Sought on Proposed Visitor Services Plan at Open House
The National Park Service will hold an open house at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center in Farmington, PA from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., on March 15, 2008 to get input on the proposed Long Range Interpretive Plan

March 01, 2008
2008 French and Indian War Essay Contest Announced
No abstract supplied.

February 14, 2008
Winners of 2008 Washington's Birthday Art Contest Announced
The National Park Service will honor the winners of the Fort Necessity Washington's Birthday Art Contest with award ceremonies Saturday, February 23.

January 17, 2008
Fort Necessity Seeks Input on Proposed Visitor Services Plan
An open house will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008 to receive input on the Long Range Interpretive Plan for Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Comments can also be submitted online or in writing.

December 14, 2007
Fort Necessity National Battlefield Announces Holiday Hours
Fort Necessity National Battlefield Announces Holiday Hours – Opportunity for Last Minute Shopping.

October 24, 2007
Winter Operations 2007-08
Winter hours of operation for visitor facilities at Fort Necessity NB and Friendship Hill NHS, located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

July 20, 2007
Trent's Company Encampment at Fort Necessity
Captain William Trent’s Company will encampment at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and August 5. The camp will be open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.

July 16, 2007
French Marines Encamp at Fort Necessity
An historic detachment of French Marines will set up camp in the Great Meadows near Fort Necessity National Battlefield on this weekend, July 21 and 22. 

June 08, 2007
Park Service Announces Summer Programs at Fort Necessity
No abstract supplied.

May 04, 2007
Interpretive Playground Dedication - May 16, 2007
The new interpretive playground at Fort Necessity will be dedicated on May 16 in a kid friendly ceremony. Children, ages four to ten are invited to come help cut the ribbon and celebrate!  

April 19, 2007
Annual Fee Increase Proposed
No abstract supplied.

February 21, 2007
Winners of 2007 Washington's Birthday Art Contest Announced
No abstract supplied.

February 01, 2007
Park Service looks at Alternatives for Great Meadows Restoration
The Environment Assessment for restoration of the Great Meadows is Available for Public Review. It is available at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the Uniontown Public Library, and on line.

January 11, 2007
Interpretive Center Closed Martin Luther King and Washington's Birthday Holidays
The visitor center at Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be closed Monday, January 15 and Monday, February 19, 2007.

December 15, 2006
Fort Necessity Interpretive Center Closed Christmas and New Years days
The visitor center at Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be closed December 25, 2006 in and January 1, 2007.

November 15, 2006
National Park Areas Closed to Hunting and Weapons
Hunters are reminded that National Parks in southwestern Pennsylvania are closed to hunting and weapons.

October 10, 2006
Winter Operations 2006-07
The National Park Service announces the winter hours of operation for visitor facilities at Fort Necessity NB and Friendship Hill NHS, located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

September 27, 2006
French Encampment and Market Fair at Fort Necessity
No abstract supplied.

August 10, 2006
Indian War Party to Camp at Fort Necessity National Battlefield
No abstract supplied.

July 28, 2006
Trent's Company Encampment at Fort Necessity
Captain William Trent’s Company will encamp at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and August 6.

Did You Know?

Over 100 re-enactors participated in the tactical demonstrations of the battle during the 250th anniversary of the battle.

The action at Fort Necessity was the first major event in the military career of George Washington. It marked the only time he ever surrendered his army to an enemy.