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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fort Necessity - Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Good morning,

Here are a few more images from our recent road trip.  We had made a point to stop in Uniontown, PA, so that we could visit Ft. Necessity to get our history fix on this trip.
We were quite lucky that we arrived after the snow had been removed from the roads.
We traveled along old US 40, the National Road.  If you get a chance and you enjoy history, get off of the Interstate and explore some of these old roads. 
We pulled into the parking lot of the ranger station at Ft. Necessity.  This part of American History goes back to when George Washington was only 21 years old. 

When we arrived, we were the only guests there.  At first, I thought it might be closed, but we were delighted to find the building was not only open, there was a very knowledgeable park ranger in side who shared some great information about the place. 

We watched a movie about George Washington, the British and French troops, and the battles that happened here.
 Then we moved into the museum.
 What a wonderful place for children to learn about the history of their country.
 You can push the red button and the characters will tell you their story.


 Murals and displays took us through the action that happened in this valley.

 Until 200 years after the battle here on July 4, 1754, it was believed the fort at Fort Necessity was completely gone after being burned by the French troops.  Then the bottoms of the wood sides of the original fort were found where they were still buried under the ground.

 There is also a great display of artifacts and information about US Route 40, the National Road.

 It was interesting to put my parents' birth dates into the perspective of the history of this road. 
 This model of the fort is based on the studies of the remaining logs found underground in the mid 1900's.
 This is the view out the door of the museum where you can go and see the area where the fort once stood.  Since there was a freezing rain, we decided to stay dry for the rest of our drive to Virginia in the afternoon.

I hope you've enjoyed this with us.  We make a point of visiting our National Parks which we consider to be national treasures.

All the best,
Lois

14 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, you had the place to yourselves. What a great museum to have so few visitors.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love places like this! I'd say it is just as great for adults as it is for kids. :)

Rose said...

We would find this very interesting...

grammie g said...

HI Lois... What amazing work went to depicting the era,and events!!
I like that mural of the soldier on the circular wall!!
Thanks for the share!!
Grace

grammie g said...

HI Lois... What amazing work went to depicting the era,and events!!
I like that mural of the soldier on the circular wall!!
Thanks for the share!!
Grace

grammie g said...

HI Lois... What amazing work went to depicting the era,and events!!
I like that mural of the soldier on the circular wall!!
Thanks for the share!!
Grace

Jan n Jer said...

I am going to put this on as one of our photo shoots. I would love to visit there. Thanks for sharing.

Montanagirl said...

Nice to be the only ones there! So much history. They knew what hardship was in those days.

TexWisGirl said...

cannot get over the length of that gun barrel! :)

VP said...

They really did their best with these displays!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Beautiful displays and collections to see. A great history lesson.

Pamela Gordon said...

What an interesting attraction to visit, Lois. I've enjoyed all your travel posts as you journey across the country. Beautiful countryside! Wishing you safe travels. Pamela

Jack said...

Thanks for showing this to us. I suspect I would never have seen it otherwise. I admire how you DO get off the interstate along the way to see the sights. I am, unfortunately, a Type A personality and too often I go on the straightest line. It is a character flaw.

Deere Driver said...

Love the murals!

Next make it to Fort Ligonier here in my town of Ligonier. Try and be here when they do the enactments.

Lots of G. Washington stories to be told.