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“Wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Friendship Hill National Historic Site
223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, PA 15474
724-725-9190
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Cultural
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We go here about once a month to walk our dogs. The trails are very easy to get around and there are large fields where we track our dogs. It seems to be a under used park which is great for us!

Visited March 2012
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Gans, Pennsylvania
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“Great Place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Great park, awesome Festifall celebration! Nice tours and great trails to have a scenic hike.

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benbrook, tx
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“Nice but lacking...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

I enjoyed visiting Friendship Hill but they really need to offer a guided tour. I felt like I saw some items and I did read the information when it was available - but I left feeling that I had missed out on the big picture by just having a self guided tour.

The home at Friendship Hill was built in different stages. You are allowed to tour parts of the home that were built by Albert Gallatin. The other add-on areas are closed to the public.

Beautiful location and nice home - but it does not compare to what they have done in Williamsburg or at Patrick Henry's home site near Richmond. If you are looking for something to do in the area then I would recommend Fort Necessity National Battlefield first. They have much more to learn.

Visited May 2011
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“Stop by if you're anywhere nearby, a free hidden treasure.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

On this Saturday afternoon, the volunteers at the visitor center were very eager to give everyone a tour of the mansion built by Albert Gallatin, a Swiss immigrant and the US treasury secretary,who arranged the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He chose this corner of Pennsylvania on the Monongahela River because he believed its direct river access to Pittsburgh would lead to business success in the nearby town he founded - New Geneva.

At this time (mid-2011), the house has furniture that otherwise fills the home of Robert E. Lee (which is being renovated). That offers an extra bonus, the table where Lee collapsed after his last dinner, and more. If you can, see the home with furniture.

This National Historic Site has more than 10 miles of hiking trails, and I took the trail that led past the supposed location of the first Mrs. Gallatin's unmarked grave, then down wooden steps from the cliff to a thickly forested riverfront . Portions of the lower parts of the trail were muddy (they've had lots of rain lately) and I didn't try to get through the brush to the river itself, but it was a cool walk on a hot day and it was fun to watch the sports boats and barges on the river. I walked a loop of about 2 miles.

Bottom line, this is a nice combo of history and outdoor opportunities. And the volunteers in the visitor's center couldn't have been nicer. I recommend it.

Visited May 2011
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Lake Lynn, PA
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“Freindship Hill - the name says it all!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

Friendship Hill National Historical is a wonderful site. Volunteers provide guided tours if requested. Every September "Festi-Fall" is a MUST ATTEND Event, as the park is set up with many time period displays and activities including candledipping. It is a free event to the public (small donation for parking) and exhibitors donate a portion of their sales back to the Historical Society who hosts this event.
This was also the home to a Native American Encampment a few weeks ago. Call ahead of you visit for special programs. There are always more volunteers on hand to answer your questions about the life and times of Albert Gallatin. Well worth the time to visit and learn a little history.
Take a picnic lunch, set in the archway or the gazebo and enjoy the overlook. Miles of trails near park entrance, plus the chance to view nature up close and personal. Somedays I think the deer actually run the park - there are so many of them.

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