Winter Operations 2008-09
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, 724-329-8131
Winter Operations 2008-09 at Fort Necessity National Battlefield & Friendship Hill NHS
FARMINGTON – 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.
The Fort Necessity National Battlefield and National Road Heritage Corridor Interpretive and Education Center will remain open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the 2008-2009 winter season. The Mount Washington Tavern, located within the boundaries of Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be closed from November 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009.
The Historic Gallatin House, located at Friendship Hill National Historic Site will be open Saturdays and Sundays beginning November 1, 2008 through April 3, 2009. The park grounds will remain open sunrise to sunset all winter for visitors who enjoy walking in the park. Park staff will open the Mount Washington Tavern or Gallatin House for group programs with one week advance notice.
Both parks will be closed on the following winter holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., and Washington’s Birthday.
Fort Necessity will be open Veterans Day November 11. Fort Necessity National Battlefield will join other sites managed by the National Park Service in honoring U.S. veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces by admitting them and their families free-of-charge on Veterans Day.
For more information on Fort Necessity, please call 724-329-5512 or visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/fone. For more information on Friendship Hill NHS please call 724-725-9190 or visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/frhi.
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.