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Fort Necessity

1 Washington Parkway, Farmington, Pennsylvania 15437 USA

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“Historic pre-America Battlefield”

The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. The stage was set for the American Revolution.

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July 08, 2021
Rated 5.0

These rangers know their history, and are happy to share it! Great exhibits in the hall, sweet little play area for the kids, short walk to see the fort and battleground area. An important piece of history rarely taught in schools. I enjoyed the hike up to the Tavern/Inn - nice little incline. Fun to look around the room where people stayed !

I appreciate learning about the history of US 40 and the importance of the highway/road system in developing West of the Appalachian mountains.

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June 11, 2018
Rated 5.0

Really well-done NPS site. The movie was good, the museum was good, and the grounds are beautiful. A little spread out, but the replica fort and the tavern are easy to get to from the Visitor Center. The grave is a bit of a drive. Well worth the visit.

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June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

This park is small and its main content is easily enjoyed in a few hours. Exhibits are excellent and National Highway info is included. Guided tours are frequent and staff is friendly.

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March 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

Before George Washington spent time as a colonel at Fort Ligonier, he spent time at the Battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754. Viewed as the first major conflict of the French and Indian War, the site is now a great place for people to learn about the French and Indian War and how it paved the way for the Revolutionary War.

Start at the Fort Necessity Battlefield visitor center where you’ll learn more about the fort and the war then head down the paved path to the battlefield and fort.

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October 19, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great fall day for a day hike around the grounds of Fort Necessary!

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Fort Necessity

1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, Pennsylvania
15437 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Good for bird watching, hiking, and 3 more activities.

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  • Pets Allowed
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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