Col. Washington's Frontier Forts Association


Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Farmington, Pennsylvania

After 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 military career.

For further information go to the official
National Park Service site for Fort Necessity

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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.
Telephone: (724) 329-5512

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Programs: Ranger tours & talks mid-June through mid-August; School group tours by appointment; July 3rd special memorial program
Facilities: Picnic areas with shelters; hiking/cross country ski trails

Jmonville Glen Braddock's Grave
Nearby attractions: Jumonville Glen;         Braddock's Grave;
and Mount Washington Tavern, a National Road site.
Telephone: (724) 329-5512

The New Visitor center is now open.

Fort Necessity 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