• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

Interpretive Playground Dedication - May 16, 2007

Boy on slide
The new interpretive playground at Fort Necessity National Battlefield allows children to play and learn the park's stories.
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News Release Date: May 4, 2007
Contact: Mary Ellen Snyder, 724-329-8131

FARMINGTON, Pa., Kids just need to be kids! Younger visitors to Fort Necessity can now unwind and explore the interpretive playground next to the new Interpretive and Education Center. The multiple climbing structures on the playground are evocative of the circular fort; the storehouse inside the Fort, and a Conestoga wagon, which allows kid’s imaginations to run wild. Kid-friendly exhibits, including “take your photo with historic characters,” introduce the people from the history of Fort Necessity and the National Road.

The ribbon-cutting for this new playground will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Children, ages four to ten are invited to come help cut the ribbon and celebrate! Smokey the Bear will be on hand to teach the children how to enjoy nature safely. Entertainment will also be provided by the Spring Valley Children’s choir. Light refreshments will be served

A patio area surrounds the playground, offering families a place to relax and have lunch while kids expend their energy after spending time riding in the car, touring the Visitor Center, and visiting the Fort. The new Interpretive and Education Center is a family-friendly destination for the region's cultural and recreational tourists.

Superintendent Joanne Hanley said, “We are pleased to be able to provide this facility for the children.  It’s the first interpretive playground in the National Park Service. Kids can certainly have fun here while they learn through play!”

The playground was designed in consultation with the staff of the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh. The playground exhibits were made possible through a generous donation from the Grable Foundation.

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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.”