Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lecture Series Opens Saturday at Fort Necessity

The Friends of Fort Necessity announced the speakers and dates for the 2017 Lecture Series at Fort Necessity National Battlefield.  The programs will be held the second Saturday of June, July, and August at 3:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center of Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

On June 10, Deborah Davis will speak on the "Madonna of the Trail" along with a Tribute to the Century Inn.  The Madonna of the Trail is a series of 12 monuments, commissioned by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), dedicated to the spirit of pioneer women in the United States.  They were installed in each of the 12 states along the National Old Trails Road, which ran from Maryland to California.  The Century Inn is an historic Bed and Breakfast that operated in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania from 1794 until it was closed due to a fire in August of 2015.  The current owners are working to reopen the inn.

Deborah Davis is the Honorary State Regent of the Pennsylvania Sate Society Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR) and has held numerous service positions with the PSSDAR and NSDAR since 1995.  She was a member of the National DAR Speakers Staff from 2010 through 2013.

The July 8 program will be “Forting Up: The Importance of Forts on the Ohio Valley Frontier” by Gary Williams.  He will discuss different kinds of forts - commercial, civil defense and military - and their respective significances, focusing on Pennsylvania, (West) Virginia and Ohio fort between 1750 and 1800.  In his program Williams will discuss different types of stockades.  He will also provide information on fort related museums that can be visited today.

Gary Williams is a retired librarian who first worked on the archaeological excavation of Fort Laurens. He is the author of The Forts of Ohio and three other books on regional frontier history, and has given 75 talks on the subject to various heritage-based organizations.

Norene Beatty will talk about “Pittsburgh's Old Stone Tavern” on August 12.  Her presentation tells the story of the Whiskey Rebellion with references to some of the 83 men who had accounts in the ledger of the Old Stone Tavern.  There were men on both sides of the whiskey tax.  The ledger starts in 1793 and goes into 1797. The very location of the tavern along the Catfish Indian Trail from today’s Washington, Pennsylvania to Braddock Field made it a witness to the Whiskey Rebellion.

Norene Beatty is a lifelong student of history and avid reader of history.  She is President of Pittsburgh’s Old Stone Tavern Friends Trust, Inc.  The organization is attempting to acquire and preserve the Old Stone Tavern built circa 1782 in the West End of Pittsburgh, PA.  She has lived on the hill overlooking the Old Stone Tavern for over forty years. She has been researching the men who had accounts in the ledger and other histories of the tavern for the past five years.

The Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Necessity.  All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information on these and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call (724) 329-5512 or visit  Fort Necessity is located 11 miles east of Uniontown on Route 40, the National Road.

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