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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
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This historical site marks the first battlefield of the American French and...

This historical site marks the first battlefield of the American French and Indian War.

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Interesting piece of history

Fort Necessity is unlike any fort we have ever visited. It is a reconstruction of the fort built by George Washington in 1754. Park building has much history and explanations of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
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Ballwin, Missouri, United States
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Ballwin, Missouri, United States
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Fort Necessity is unlike any fort we have ever visited. It is a reconstruction of the fort built by George Washington in 1754. Park building has much history and explanations of the time period.

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Marion
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Although it is right beside highway 40, Fort Necessity remains an obscure site in history and in the national park service. Even several reviewers identify the fort with the wrong war. It is an important site in the French and Indian War, not the Revolutionary War, and was a sound defeat for George Washington who attacked a small French force... More 

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Lawrence
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This might not be the most well-known battle or fort in revolutionary history, but the site is worth visiting, especially if you are in the area and looking for something different to do. The main hall has an informative exhibit about the battle and also about the National Road, something which may not be as well known. The grounds are... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This is a small battlefield with museum and movie explaining the battle. Lovely grounds and a short walk to the replica of the fort. The museum also had displays about the National Historic Road.

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Clarksville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This place is a small battlefield about 20 minutes from pittsburgh. It has the small fort, and a great rail walk. i recommended it for a quickpit-stop.

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Pleasant Valley, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Beautiful spot for a fall walk. The fort is pretty small - the descriptions of the battle field and the interpretive center are very good.

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Glasgow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Outstanding visit all round. Informative visitor centre and welcoming National Park Rangers. Excellent displays highlighting the events of staggering global significance that were triggered in this battle/skirmish that led to the formation of the British Empire and the United States. Scary to see how close everyone must have been as well as recognising how exposed Washington's troops were inside the... More 

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Marriottsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Fort Necessity offered an excellent overview (starting with introductory movie) of pre-revolutionary competition between French and English for control of "western" lands of colonial America. The museum emphasized the strategic military failures of George Washington which he used as a learning experience later during the American Revolution. Site is a must-see for colonial and/or George Washington history buffs.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great place to stop if driving by or if you are in the area. A piece of history in our own backyard. There is a picnic area set way back in the woods, the road to get back there was a bit like a trail at times. I wouldn't be surprised if peoples cars have got stuck from time to... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I knew little about the French and Indian War, much less this particular battle. We went on the guided ranger tour from the visitor center to the fort (very good talk by the ranger) and visited Braddock's grave on our own. The exhibits in the visitor center were interesting and informative. I came away thinking how different our history would... More 

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