his attack on the French Party and the death of its leader,
Jumonville, on May 28, 1754, George Washington and his men fell back
to Great Meadow to await a retaliatory attack by the French. On this
"Charming field for an encounter" Washington hurriedly built Fort
Necessity and awaited the inevitable. Here on July 3, 1754 Colonel
Washington offered the only surrender to a foreign power of his
For further information
go to the official
National Park Service
site for Fort Necessity
Map of Fort Necessity
Fort Necessity is located between Cumberland,
Maryland, and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. The park is on US Rt. 40
about 12 miles east of Uniontown, PA. It is just west of the
intersection with State Rt. 381.
Hours: Park open 8 a.m. to sunset
year-round; Visitor center open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round; both
closed Christmas day. Programs:
Ranger tours & talks mid-June through mid-August; School group
tours by appointment; July 3rd special memorial program
Telephone: (724) 329-5512
areas with shelters; hiking/cross country ski trails
|Nearby attractions: Jumonville Glen;
Braddock's Grave; |
and Mount Washington Tavern, a National Road site.
The New Visitor center is now open.
National Battlefield Park has constructed a new Visitor center in
commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Necessity.
Nestled in the woods within walking distance of the fort site is a
spacious Visitor center with much more room for displays.
The center houses
a large auditorium for videos and presentations, curatorial work space,
several separate display areas, space for educational projects and much
larger restrooms than was available.
© 2001-2004 Col. Washington's Frontier Forts Association
updated May 5, 2007-11/8/12