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Contact: Brian Reedy, 724-329-5470
FARMINGTON – The details of the encounter are still debated. Young George Washington was in the secluded glen at sunrise on that May morning 255 years ago. The French troops, who were just waking, put up fifteen minutes of resistance. The skirmish sparked the French and Indian War, a war that spread to four continents.
Experience an accurate, historical portrayal of dress, customs, manners and activities of these historic soldiers on Thursday, May 28 as the National Park Service commemorates this little-known fight. Park staff portraying French and Indian War soldiers will be at the Jumonville Glen Unit of Fort Necessity National Battlefield from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dressed in historic costume, they will offer illuminating facts about soldier life and will interpret the events that occurred and their impact on world history.
The Jumonville Glen Unit of Fort Necessity National Battlefield is named for the French commanding officer who died there May 28, 1754. It is located seven miles west of Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Jumonville Road. The quarter-mile trail from the parking area to Jumonville Glen is paved, but can be slippery and uneven in places. Visitors to the site should wear sturdy shoes. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the Fort Necessity Visitor Center.
For more information on the Jumonville affair and Fort Necessity National Battlefield visit the National Park Service web site at www.nps.gov/fone or call 724-329-5512.