Fort Necessity National Battlefield was established as a national battlefield site on March 4, 1931, before being later re-designated on August 10, 1961. The national battlefield is located about 11 miles east of Uniontown which is in Fayette County in the state of Pennsylvania. To access the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, visitors can use US 40 to easily find the park.
The fort’s 903 acres of land preserves several compelling American Revolution interests including Mount Washington Tavern which was once one of the inns along the National Road during the 1700s. The park additionally protects the grave of British General Edward Braddock who was killed in 1755 as well as the site of the Battle of Jumonville Glen.
Jumonville Glen was the site of the first skirmish between French and Indian forces against the British colonialists. These areas are preserved in separate units. One of the significant events that the Fort Necessity National Battlefield celebrates is the battle that took place on July 3, 1754, between the French and the Indians on one side led by Louis Coulon de Villiers against the British colonial forces under Colonel George Washington.
The British troops were forced to surrender against the French and Indians who won a decisive battle in the American Revolution. There are definitely other attractions to the Fort Necessity National Battlefield besides those mentioned above. For example, visitors can participate in recreational activities like interpretive programs, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Some of the amenities in the park to facilitate these activities include restrooms, a picnic area, museum, a visitor center, group campsites, and self-guided trails. Dogs are allowed into the national battlefield but with some restrictions, as you would expect. For example, no dogs or other pets for that matter are allowed into park buildings at all. Additionally, dogs should always be on a six-foot leash when entering other areas of the national battlefield.