• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

Things To Do

Activities
The Visitor Center is the best place to begin your visit. The ranger on duty will answer your questions and collect your entrance fee. The twenty-minute movie "Road of Necessity" introduces the park story. Talks, tours, and historic weapons demonstrations are offered during the summer months. Get a complete schedule of activities at the visitor center.

Follow the short paved path from the visitor center to the Great Meadow and Fort Necessity, where the French & Indian War began.

You may wish to take the short hike to the Mount Washington Tavern. In the spring, summer and fall, tours of the Tavern are available when staffing permits. The Mount Washington Tavern operated as a stage stop from 1828 to 1855. It is now a museum focusing on life along the National Road.

A monument marks the final resting place of British General Edward Braddock at the Braddock Grave Unit. Outdoor exhibits explain the ill-fated Braddock Campaign of 1755. A trace of the Braddock Road is clearly visible at this site.

Visit Jumonville Glen, the site of Washington's first encounter with the French. Outdoor exhibits help visitors understand the event.

Plan 1 1/2 to 2 hrs to see the historic sites in the main of the park. Add an hour to visit Braddock's grave and Jumonville Glen.

Did You Know?

Indians and British Soldiers

The Delaware warrior Shingas initially wanted to fight with the British. He asked British Gen. Braddock if the Indians could live on the land after the French were defeated. Braddock said no Indians will own the land. Shingas got so angry he went to fight with the French.