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Contact: Fort Necessity Visitor Center Staff, 724-329-5805
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, 724-329-8131
FARMINGTON - The Friends of Fort Necessity will present the Legends of Fort Necessity on Saturday evening, October 15, 2011. This special program is the October installment of the Friends of Fort Necessity Lecture Series and will highlight the history of the Braddock's 1755 campaign to the Forks of the Ohio.
The Legends of Fort Necessity tours will begin at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center at 7:00 and 8:30. Participants will assume the role of recruits to Braddock's army arriving for the campaign. On their way in to camp, these "recruits" will hear stories from veterans of Braddock's campaign, including British Officers, camp follower Charlotte Browne, an army surgeon, wagoner, the Half King, and British soldiers. "Recruits" will hike over one half mile during the course of the program, including some unpaved trails. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes and may wish to bring a flashlight.
Space on each tour is limited. Advance reservations are required and will be accepted on first call, first served basis. For more information and reservations, call 724-329-5805 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour to confirm your reservation. There is no fee for the program; however The Friends of Fort Necessity suggests a donation to help support the program. Donations will be accepted at the information desk on the night of the program.
The Friends of Fort Necessity was formed in 2009. The group is dedicated to working with the National Park Service to the preserve the history of the Fort Necessity. Activities include fund raising, volunteering, or other ways to support Fort Necessity National Battlefield and memorialize its role in the development of the United States. If you are interested in joining you may sign up at the Fort Necessity visitor center or e-mail FriendsofFortNecessity@yahoo.com. For more information on this and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call 724-329-5805 or visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/fone.