Tuesday, May 16, 2017

National Road Festival Heralds Historic Route 40 May 19 - 21

Cat's Meow Village - Replicas of Historic Buildings along the National Road


During the 44th Annual National Road Festival, May 19, 20 & 21st   communities along the Historic National Road to hold their own unique event. The most amazing site to see is the reenactment of the Historic National Road’s transportation  history – The Wagon Train!

For a complete schedule of events along the historic road go to www.nationalroadpa.org and click on News and Events tab.

National Park Service Remembers “The First World War” At Fort Necessity  (Exhibit to run April 2017 to November 2018)   One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson asked for and received from Congress a declaration of war against the German Empire, a declaration eventually expanded to include the Central Powers, Germany’s allies. So began America’s entry into the Great War that had been raging globally for over three years. It would cost the lives of thousands of Americans in the coming year and mark the entry of this country as a world player for the remainder of the 20th century.

Historian and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the French & Indian War (1754-1763) “the first” world war, a war that began here in western Pennsylvania with the battle at Fort Necessity. The war grew into an international affair between the two great empires of France and Britain. Fighting occurred on every continent with exception to Australia and Antarctica and cost the lives of nearly a million people. The French & Indian War’s outcome set the stage for America’s War of Independence.

The Fort Necessity National visitor center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information on the park please call during business hours at 724-329-5805 or visit our webpage at www.nps.gov/fone

The Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society will soon be offering for sale its latest publication entitled “County Reminiscences – Along the Old Pike”    –  The book is a compilation and reprint of a series of newspaper articles written in 1895 by local Doctor, William Frey Mitchell.  The articles are about the great National Road and its era of stagecoach drivers, wagoners, drovers, tavern keepers and travelers on the pike.  Price $20 plus s&h (includes photographs & postcard images – 114 pages)  To order send check, money order to Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 82, Addison PA 15411.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield, a partner of the National Road State Heritage Corridor, will again be a participant in the National Road Festival over the weekend of May 20-21, 2017. The annual festival commemorates the historic National Road, America’s first federal highway.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield, a partner of the National Road State Heritage Corridor, will again be a participant in the National Road Festival over the weekend of May 20-21, 2017. The annual festival commemorates the historic National Road, America’s first federal highway.

The Mount Washington Tavern, an original stagecoach stop, operated during the heyday of the National Road (1820s to 1840s).  Members of the Friends of Fort Necessity and park staff in period costume will create a flavor of by-gone days.

The tavern will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

The bookstore in the Fort Necessity visitor center will premier a series of cutout village pieces produced by The Cat’s Meow Village.  The new National Road themed buildings include the Mount Washington Tavern, Searight’s Tollhouse, the Addison Tollhouse, and the Gallatin House at Friendship Hill.

The Mount Washington Tavern is a unit of Fort Necessity National Battlefield.  The park and tavern are located on US Route 40 eleven miles east of Uniontown, Pa.  Park entrance is free.  For more information visit our website at www.nps.gov/fone or call 724-329-5811.

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