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Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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Address: One Washington Parkway, Mill Run, PA 15437
Phone Number: 724-329-5512
Description: This historical site marks the first battlefield of the American French...
This historical site marks the first battlefield of the American French and Indian War.
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First battle of French and Indian War

We spent 2 hours at Fort Necessity but it can be seen in less time. We read everything when we visit an historic place so we tend to take longer than most people. Start with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We spent 2 hours at Fort Necessity but it can be seen in less time. We read everything when we visit an historic place so we tend to take longer than most people. Start with the video to get a general overview of what happened when and why George Washington built the fort, then view the indoor exhibits. We didn't... More 

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Sturgis, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Over Thanksgiving, my wife and I took our girls to the fort. The fort is small but easy to get to it. The visitor's center had a number of artifacts that we all enjoyed. It was very nicely presented and told of the early career of George Washington. I learned more about the French and Indian war in two hours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Museum & orientation movie inside laid groundwork to understand what lead to this fort's creation and the battle that happened here. Beautiful shaded paved walk to the fort. I was shocked at the size of the fort; much respect for the men who fought herein their circumstances. There is also a paved path to an Inn as well. I don't... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

To stand right there where it happened, really amazing. Plus, the ladies in the visitors center were very nice, too. Highly recommend this side trip.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

During a recent conference at Nemacolin Resort I had a chance to visit the Fort Necessity Battlefield. Video and exhibit are very well done. Knowledgeable Park Rangers. The Fort is a nice 300 yard walk from the visitor center. This park is also part of our nations first highway The National Highway which now is US-40. There is also a... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

There is a very informative NPS exhibit. The actual reproduction fort is not so special but probably the original fort wasn't either. The Rangers and volunteers are bursting to show and tell. Schools are sketchy are the history lessons because of they only want to show the good sides of American heroes.

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washingtondc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Visit when it's raining or go early to avoid the crowds. George Washington may have well started the French and Indian war very close to this spot. It's one of many Colonial and Revolutionary War historical sites along Route 40-our country's first National Highway.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The NPS exhibits and video were very well done. My husband and I walked outside and allowed the imagination to take us back.... The rangers were quite knowledgeable and helped visitors to understand the whys and wherefores. The fort at first glance appeared to be disappointing; however, the rangers explained as that was one of the whys visitors such as... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The visit to Fort Necessity can be completed in 1 - 2 hours and fills in a gap in most people's memory of American History. As an early part of the French and Indian War most people have never really heard the story of George Washington and the fort. A well spent 2 hours.

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Tucker
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

Take your time to absorb the NPS exhibits and video to learn more about the pre-colonial period. The fort itself, a recreation, showed the tactical disadvantage the British held. Though the fort is quite small, the surrounding park lands have some terrific walking trails. The tavern is self-guided and no longer hosts weary travelers like ourselves.

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