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“Stop by if you're anywhere nearby, a free hidden treasure.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Friendship Hill National Historic Site
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“Stop by if you're anywhere nearby, a free hidden treasure.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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English first
Lake Lynn, PA
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“Freindship Hill - the name says it all!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Nice house, but no tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2008

Friendship Hill, the home of Albert Gallatin, is a nice home , but a little bit out of the way. And unfortunately they do not give guided tours of the house, at least not on the day I went there. Instead they give you a paper and you can do a self guided tour. Throughout the house there are a few sign with information on the life of Gallatin and a few artifacts. There is also a small gift shop.

The grounds are nice and there are a few miles of trails that go through the woods and along the Monogahela River. A short walk will take you down to grave of his first wife.

Overall, I would say that it's not worth going too far out of your way to see the home, but if you are in the area it is worth a look.

Thank TouristMD
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