• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

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July 01, 2014
The Archaeology of Fort Reconstruction
For the July 2014 Friends of Fort Necessity Lecture, Katie M. Turner will present "The Archaeology of Fort Reconstruction" The program is Saturday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

June 19, 2014
Fort Necessity Welcomes Seneca Nation of Indians
The Seneca Cultural Heritage Weekend on June 28 and 29 will feature the Allegany Indian River Dancers, Artist Robert Griffing, Wampum Display, Cultural Demonstrations, Original Artwork and more.

June 06, 2014
Feminism in Godey's Lady's Book
Sarah E. Reedy will present "More than a Fashion Magazine: Feminism in Godey's Lady's Book on Saturday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. The program will focus on the development of the Lady's Book and Sarah J. Hale's efforts to inspire and develop the female voice in antebellum America.

May 16, 2014
Encampment at Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Compagnie Franches de la Marines du Contrecoeur, Trent's Company, and Maryland Forces will encamp at Fort Necessity May 24 and 25, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Interpretive programs and musket demonstrations will be offered at 11;00, 1:00, and 3:00.

April 14, 2014
Seneca Nation of Indians Partners with National Park Service on Exhibit and Cultural Education at Fort Necessity
The National Park Service has partnered with the Seneca Nation of Indians in New York. The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in New York has developed the exhibit entitled "The Seneca and the French & Indian War. The exhibit opens April 19, 2014 for National Park Week at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Entrance fees will be waived at the National Park sites in western Pennsylvania.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to Western PA National Parks Creates $44 Million in Economic Benefit
New report shows that 800,000 visitors to in Western Pennsylvania national park sites spent over $44 million in communities near the parks in 2012 . That spending supported 677 jobs in the region. The five parks include: Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill NHS, and Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

February 22, 2014
Winners of 2014 Washington's Birthday Art Contest Announced
The winners of the 2014 George Washington's Birthday Art Contest were honored in a ceremony at the Fort Necessity Visitors Center

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.