• The Gallatin House

    Friendship Hill

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Special Gallatin Exhibit from Switzerland to be displayed at FestiFall 2012

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Date: September 4, 2012
Contact: Beth Reseter (Friendship Hill Assoc.), 724-569-2295
Contact: Tom Markwardt (NPS), 724-329-5811

As in years past, the crisp autumn air at FestiFall will be filled with the sound of music from a variety of different groups and performers throughout the weekend.  Musical groups scheduled to appear on the outdoor stage this year are the Falling Run Blue Grass Band from Morgantown West Virginia, the Greene County Dulcimer Players, and The Sutton Family.  Evan Kovach and Richard MacKenzie will be performing a selection of flute and bassoon pieces in and around the Gallatin Mansion. 

 In addition to the many vendors and programs being presented by Friendship Hill Association, National Park Rangers will be conducting programs detailing military life during the War of 1812.  The programs will include a display on the evolution of military firearms from the Gallatin period to the present. These programs will include discussions on daily soldier life, uniforms, cooking, and camp life.  

 On Sunday, the Friendship Hill Association will be sponsoring an old fashioned church service slightly before FestiFall begins. The service will be at 10:00 a.m. and be presided over by Scott Teets of the Fallen Timbers Community Chapel. 

Shuttle service from the parking area to the knoll is provided for those needing assistance.  The Gallatin house is handicap accessible with restrooms that are open to the public. 

Friendship Hill is the historic country home of Albert Gallatin.  Gallatin is best known for his service as Secretary of Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison. Gallatin founded the American Ethnological Society in 1842 to help preserve Indian languages and culture that were rapidly disappearing.  He was also a founder of New York University.  The annual event is designed to celebrate his role in helping preserve our early republic.   Friendship Hill National Historic Site is located on Rt. 166 between Point Marion, PA and New Geneva, PA.  For further information contact the National Park Service at (724) 725-9190.

 -NPS-

Did You Know?

Albert Gallatin

Albert Gallatin was Secretary of Treasury from 1801 until 1814. He was offered the post again by President Madison in 1816. He declined because he thought the job required "an active young man." He felt this even more strongly in 1843, when at age 83, he was offered the post by President Tyler. More...