Things To Do
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?
The Conestoga wagon was the "tractor-trailer" of the 19th Century. Conestogas were designed to carry heavy freight. Brightly painted with red running gears, blue bodies and white canvas coverings, a Conestoga wagon pulled by a team of six draft horses averaged 15 miles a day along the National Road. More...