Elevator Temporarily Unavailable
Elevator access to second floor and restrooms is unavailable until further notice. The restrooms near the parking area remain open. The second floor of the Gallatin House is available by stairs. (Effective Aug. 9, 2013)
FestiFall is the annual celebration of the life and times of Albert Gallatin, the original owner of Friendship Hill. It is put on by the Friendship Hill Association, a citizen group dedicated to preserving Friendship Hill and educating the public on the accomplishments of Albert Gallatin.
This free event includes something for every member of the family. There are demonstrations of historic trades and crafts. Children explore historic toys. Live period music permeates the air providing the perfect ambiance for a peaceful afternoon of good food and family fun. Eighteenth century foods have been the staple of FestiFall since its inception in 1982.
Members of the Friendship Hill Association are available at FestiFall to discuss their exciting activities in support of the park. If you are interested in volunteering with the group, or would like to demonstrate a historic trade or craft at FestiFall, e-mail the association president.
A highlight of this year's celebration will be Thomas Jefferson as presented by Thomas Pritz. To find out more please click here.
Did You Know?
Although Albert Gallatin was an ardent abolitionist, he did buy a slave in Virginia by the name of Charlotte Smith. As he was negotiating her purchase, he was also working with a lawyer on the legal act of manumission to change her slavery to an indenture.