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“New visitor Center with great exhibits” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Fort Necessity National Battlefield
One Washington Parkway, Mill Run, PA 15437
724-329-5512
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Mill Run
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This historical site marks the first battlefield of the American French and Indian War.
Kensington, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“New visitor Center with great exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I went with my children and parents to Fort Necessity in the Laurel Highlands on Sunday, January 20. We enjoyed the introductory film and spent another hour exploring the exhibits on the French and Indian War and on the National Pike in the visitor center. My children loved the imaginative playground with a replica of the fort.

Visited January 2013
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English first
Cincinnati, OH
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Nice accidental stop!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We have a parks passport and happened to discover we were near Fort Necessity, so we stopped in. It's a beautiful place with a nice visitor's center. As with most National Park sites, the rangers are very helpful in pointing out the highlights if you only have a little time. The walk back to the fort reconstruction was fairly short and very much worthwhile to see what it actually looked like!

Visited October 2012
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Avon, Ohio
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“Where the Long Journey that Lead to the Birth of a Nation Began”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

George Washington’s actions as a colonel in the Virginia militia in this area became the beginning of what we know as the French and Indian War but are know in most other countries as the Seven Years War which became a worldwide war. At the end of the war England and her allies were victorious but nearly broke. As a result, England began levying taxes on the colonies to help refill the treasury and to pay for their protection. These taxes without representation, along with other disputes resulting from this war, led to the Revolution. This story is well told at this site with a reconstructed fort, a good visitor center and interesting and instructive ranger programs. This site also tells the story of the National Road (now US Route 40) and has the nicely restored Washington tavern which one can visit and tour.

Visited June 2012
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usa
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Nice little site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

While the fort itself is a tiny affair (once you understand the history, you'll know why) but the site is very unspoilt, and the visitor center is well done - a good film and several good exhibits.

Visited November 2011
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“The West began here...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

A very small but significant battle was fought here for English access to the West. One of George Washington's training grounds and the beginning of a National road. Well preserved and worth a stop.

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