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Fort Necessity National Battlefield, PA

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The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of...[more]

Circular wooden stockade in meadow
Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity was the site of the opening battle of the French and Indian War. It is the site of George Washington's first military command. The battle at Fort Necessity was the only time Washington ever surrendered his army.

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View of front of building
Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center

The Fort Necessity Natioanal Battlefield/National Road Heritage Corridor Interpretive and Education Center opened in 2005. It contains exhibits, a theater, the park bookstore, and a classroom learning facility. It is the location you should go to start your visit at Fort Necessity.

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Fort Necessity National Battlefield


Fort Necessity NB
1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437



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