Friday, June 16, 2017
Special Program Slated for Fort Necessity
The National Park Service will host an encampment at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. Troops and Native re-enactors will perform fort construction activities and military exercises. They will present an accurate, historical portrayal of dress, customs, manners and activities of warriors and soldiers of the French & Indian War. Their camps will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.
As the French were moving into the Ohio River Valley in 1754, Native nations wanted assurance from the British that they would be committed allies and trading partners. The weekend’s events highlight the negotiations between the Natives and British about British commitment in securing the area from the French.
Tanagharisson, known as the Half King, was a Seneca emissary in the Ohio River Valley, monitoring activities there for the Iroquois Confederacy. Visitors can witness these discussions as they explore the campsites of Ensign Ward’s Company and Half King’s Native Allies History talks and demonstrations of historic black powder weapons will begin at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The 3:00 program will be a re-enactment of the surrender conference at Trent’s Fort.
Following the conference, at 4:00 p.m there will be an artillery firing Demonstration. Admission to the park is free. For more information on this and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call (724) 329-5512 or visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/fone.