• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

Indoor Activities

Entrance to exhibits at Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center
The Half King welcomes travellers to the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center with the traditional "Edge of the Woods" ceremony.
 

Indoor Activities
The Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center is the visitor center for the park. The twenty-minute orientation film "Road of Necessity" takes viewer along the path from Washington's first trip over the Alleghenies to the creation of the National Road. Interactive exhibits in the center immerse the visitor in the French and Indian War and the heyday of stagecoach and wagon travel along the National Road.

Tours of the Mount Washington Tavern are available in the spring summer and fall when staffing permits. The Mount Washington Tavern operated as a stage stop from 1828 to 1855. It now serves as a museum focusing on life along the National Road.

Did You Know?

Jumonville Glen

Captain Louis Coulon de Villiers, who led the French attack on Fort Necessity, was the brother of Ens. Joseph Coulon de Jumonville, who was killed five weeks earlier by the British.