Farmington, Pennsylvania is a small area that doesn’t offer much, but if you find yourself in the area, you should at least stop by the Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Mt. Washington Tavern for a short look back in history.
While I’ve talked about our time at the Fort Necessity National Battlefield in a separate post, I wanted to talk about Mt. Washington Tavern in a different post because there isn’t much on the internet about the tavern.
Where is the Mt. Washington Tavern?
Part of the Fort Necessity National Park, Mt. Washington Tavern sits right above the visitor’s center along the Historic National Road. In fact, whenever you’re heading towards Uniontown, Pennsylvania from Maryland, or towards the lavish Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, you will probably pass the tavern.
Mt. Washington Tavern is the only part of the National Park that can be seen from the road. The tavern has it’s own parking lot and is currently free for guest to visit.
Hours of Operation
It’s important to note that the Mt. Washington Tavern in Farmington is not open year-round. Due to the building’s old age, the National Park Services only open the tavern from May-October every year. Currently, the tavern is open those months, daily, from 10 am to 4 pm.
About the Mt. Washington Tavern
Even if you don’t enjoy history, a visit to the Mt. Washington Tavern in Farmington is such a unique experience that you’re sure to enjoy. Built on the ground that was once owned by former President, George Washington, the tavern was built in 1830 by a nearby Uniontown Judge, Nathaniel Ewing. In 1840, Ewing sold the tavern and James Sampey purchased and ran the tavern until 1855. During that time, the Sampey family lived in the tavern with a total of 13 people.
Once the Sampey family sold the Mt. Washington Tavern, the home was used as a private residence until 1932. After that, the state of Pennsylvania bought the tavern but later sold the tavern in 1961 to make it part of the National Park system. From then on, the tavern has been opened to the public every spring, summer, and fall as part of Fort Necessity National Park.
Visiting the Mt. Washington Tavern
Mt. Washington Tavern in Farmington, PA is free to visit. Guest do not need to call ahead to plan their visit and they don’t need to check in at the visitor center, nearby. Those wishing to visit the tavern can come and go as they please, but all tours are self-guided.
To keep those wishing to learn more informed, the National Park Services implemented signs in front of all the rooms, so you can learn on your own.
Once inside the infamous Mt. Washington Tavern, you will almost immediately be taken back to a time period way before most of our time. The rooms are exactly as they were when the tavern was a real tavern and guest can see the antique items that once were used.
To keep guest from destroying the rooms, the park services do not allow guest to walk in the rooms. Instead, glass doors and cameras guard each room. If you are traveling with little ones, the glass doors will make your visit less stressful. Instead of having to worry about kids breaking something, there’s practically no way for them to, so parents can relax and enjoy the visit, too.
While the main floor and the second floor is the only floor open to the public, you can see the entrance to the basement from the kitchen and the steps that go up to the attic. Although it’s hard not to wonder what both of those areas look like, according to the sign in front of the attic steps, there isn’t much up there. It even says, the National Park Services do not know much about what the attic was used for.
Unlike many historic places, you won’t spend hours at Mt. Washington Tavern. You may only spend a few minutes to a half hour there, but it is still an experience that you won’t get nearby. Plus since it’s free, you can’t go wrong with a visit.
My family had such a fun time learning about how people lived in the old days and it was a fun and educational experience. While I am unsure if I will plan a visit there again, I loved being able to experience a bit of history without anyone watching my every move. It was also nice not to have to worry about my antsy kids accidentally breaking something.
If you would like to learn more about the Mt. Washington Tavern in Farmington, PA., your best bet is to plan a visit. Currently, the National Park’s website currently does not have much information about the taverns on it.
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This is not a compensated post. My family visited the tavern on our own time/money.