A Piece of History at Fort Necessity Battlefield in Farmington, Pennsylvania

by Crystal Carder
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I’m not a history buff, but I do enjoy learning about history from time to time. That’s why this weekend when my family was looking for something to do, we decided to visit Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

Fort Necessity is only a few miles from my house, but yet it’s one place I’ve rarely ever been to. Up until this weekend, I only knew that George Washington and other troops fought a battle there in the French and Indian War. Other than those few facts, I barely knew anything about the fort.

Thankfully, Fort Necessity National Battlefield is one of the few national parks in the country to offer free admission that gets you access inside a really cool (& educational) museum, a Fort Necessity replica, and the old Washington Tavern, next door.

Fort Necessity Museum

The Fort Necessity Battle (What Actually Happened)!

Now that we’ve visited the Fort Necessity Battlefield, I finally know what happened during the battle and how the fort got its name. On July 3, 1754, the opening battle of the French & Indian War took place at Fort Necessity. A battle that George Washington wasn’t even expecting, Fort Necessity was only supposed to be a place to store ammunition and necessities.

Inside Fort Necessity ammo and necessities

But on that morning 600 French and 100 Indians approached the small fort. Ultimately, when the battle ended, George Washington surrendered his command to the French and the British troops left the next morning.

While there is so much more to the story, that’s just a quick summary. In fact, if you’re a history buff, the nearby area Pennsylvania has many other battlefields to visit including the Battle of Jumonville Glen, which played a big part in the Battle of Fort Necessity.

Visiting Fort Necessity National Park

Located just 20-miles from the Maryland State line, 11-miles from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 34-miles from Morgantown, West Virginia, and 75-miles from Pittsburgh, Fort Necessity is great for a weekend visit.

Fort-Necessity-reenactment

While the park is opened year-round, spring and summertime seem to be the best time to visit because you get more of an authentic experience. For instance, this past weekend we got to take pictures and ask questions with a British soldier. Though the solider may not be there every day, it seems like on the weekend you may have a better chance of seeing him.

An Interesting Learning Experience at Fort Necessity Battlefield

A visit to the Fort Necessity Battlefield is great for all ages. The national park offers a playground, picnic area, and an educational piece of this country’s rich history.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield and National Road Heritage Corridor

When you arrive at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, you’ll quickly notice that the national park is more than just a memorial of the battle that took place there. Fort Necessity is also home to the National Road Heritage Corridor. Inside, you’ll find educational materials and hands-on activities that teach you all about the battle and the importance of the historic National Road, that runs nearby.

National Road museum at Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Once outside, kids can play inside a fort replica and a horse carriage playground and take pictures of themselves as real-life Indians and French troops.

Fort Necessity Playground area

Fort Necessity Playground area

Besides just playing around, Fort Necessity also has an outdoor picnic area that is only a small walk to the Fort.

A peaceful walk to fort necessity

Once at the fort, visitors can experience a real-life Fort replica, that is almost too picturesque. Located all alone in a big field, the fort can usually be experienced with minimal visitors. On days when the fort doesn’t have the British Soldier to answer questions, the park offers a free self-guided phone tour.

While the Fort Necessity fort is only a replica because the original one got burned down, this replica is exactly like the original. The fort is built in the exact place and is the exact size of the original.

walking inside the fort necessity

Once you visit the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, you can finish up your National Park visit with a small car ride next door to the Mt. Washington Tavern. (Though you can normally walk to the tavern, the park is currently undergoing field renovations, so visitors have to drive). 

Read my post on the Mt. Washington Tavern HERE!

While a visit to Fort Necessity National Battlefield won’t take you all day, you can easily spend 1-2 hours there and will learn so much. If you want to learn more about this battle and the fort check out the park on the national parks website.

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a piece of history at fort necessity battlefield in pa

This is not a sponsored post. My family visited the fort on our own time and I did not work with the park in any way.

 

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20 comments

Raul June 4, 2019 - 2:02 pm

To feel the history alive is a fantastic expirience!!

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Sondra Barker June 4, 2019 - 5:15 pm

This is a great trip, especially for the kids because you learn so much about history and its hands on!

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Adriana June 4, 2019 - 10:03 pm

This must of been fun to visit. I mean I love history and learning about this past so this would be so much fun for me. Adding this to my places to travel to.

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lifedreamers.blog June 5, 2019 - 12:47 am

This looks like a pretty cool way of spending a day out – and learning some history!

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Lydia Smith June 5, 2019 - 8:26 am

I love anything about history and knowing them is always a great privilege. Sounds like a place I would love to visit soon.

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Maartje van Sandwijk June 5, 2019 - 9:08 am

What a great way to spend a summery day out with the kids!

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Kalyan Panja June 5, 2019 - 10:36 am

I am always fascinated and research a lot about history and culture of USA and Pennsylvania seem to be a treasure chest. Thanks for sharing about Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

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Czjai June 5, 2019 - 11:14 am

This is an awesome experience, especially for the kids. It’s always great know more about history. 🙂

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Gervin Khan June 5, 2019 - 11:18 am

That looks like a great tip for everyone and it is so nice to go in a place that you can learn something about history.

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Mandi Morrison June 5, 2019 - 12:34 pm

Thanks for sharing the history behind it with us. It must be really cool to live close by as you can visit often, nice pics too.

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Wren June 5, 2019 - 12:41 pm

That looks like a great place to visit. I love taking my girls to places of history and to learn about history. It always fascinates me.

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Nina June 5, 2019 - 9:38 pm

What a great learning yet fun trip for your children! I loved all your photos it looks like they had a wonderful time.

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FoodyFoodie June 5, 2019 - 9:51 pm

This seems very fun for kids.

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Jen June 6, 2019 - 12:01 am

Awesome, what a great place to enjoy and learn history. This is absolutely nice with the kids. Thanks for sharing.

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Akriti June 6, 2019 - 2:05 am

Seems like the perfect place for a day trip with family.

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Nina Cochingco June 6, 2019 - 6:29 am

I love learning about histories in a fun way. This would be really fun for kids.

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Alexandra Cook June 6, 2019 - 8:44 am

I love that in little time you can go from city to somewhere that you can get in touch with nature, culture and a less advanced way of life.

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Owen G June 6, 2019 - 10:11 am

They seem to enjoy the place, they have a lot of nice selfies in there. And it’s a great learning experience..

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Geraline Batarra June 8, 2019 - 10:05 pm

Your kids are so adorable, such cute smiles. Haha. It seems like they really enjoyed the museum. It’s good to hear that it’s free of admission.. ?

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Aria June 9, 2019 - 5:27 pm

i always love to go to places where history is alive… Thanks for writing this article..

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