The need for a permit for photography in the park is based on the activity itself as opposed to the eventual use of the image. Generally, permits are not required for still photography unless:
- the activity takes place at a location where or when the public is not generally allowed; or
- the activity uses models, sets or props that are not part of the Friendship Hill; or
- the National Park Service will incur additional costs to monitor the activity.
Wedding photography for personal use of the wedding party does not require a permit unless the conditions outlined above exist. For example, use of a vehicle to bring the wedding party to the knoll would require a permit. Members of the wedding party are not considered models. If use of the park beyond what is generally allowed for the public is anticipated, photographers MUST apply for a permit through the Superintendent of the park prior to the photography work being carried out. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.
Park Rules and Conditions for activities without a permit
- Access to the historic knoll area is by foot only, except for those motorized, wheeled vehicles used for handicapped accessibility.
- The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Anyone found in the park before or after those posted hours will be subject to fine and/or other law enforcement action.
Standard Conditions for Wedding Photography Permits.
- Permittees are allowed to bring only two vehicles onto the historic knoll area. One vehicle can be used as a shuttle for delivering the bridal party up the hill. The photographer may also bring a vehicle to the knoll. All other vehicles of the wedding party must remain in the main parking lot.
- The designated shuttle vehicle must be parks so as not to block the driveway to access by emergency, law enforcement, or vehicles of handicapped visitors. The park ranger will determine the location.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the historic area on the knoll.
- No pictures are permitted to be taken inside the historic Gallatin House.
- The porches of the Gallatin House may be used for pictures as long as the activity does not impede the experience of other visitors.
- No picture taking activities can in any way interfere with or impede the experience or access of visitors to the site. This includes the archways near the entrance to the Visitor Center.
- No alteration of the buildings or natural setting can be made for the purpose of "setting up" a scene for a photograph.
- All materials used in taking photographs as well as litter and other materials must be removed from the area by the wedding party.
If you have any questions regarding these rules, please contact Friendship Hill National Historic Site at 724-725-9190. If you cannot reach someone at that number, please call the Special Use Coordinator at Fort Necessity National Battlefield at 724-329-2013.
The National Park Service thanks you for your cooperation in following these rules to preserve and protect the park and its resources as well as experience of other visitors.