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Mt. Washington Tavern

It is an odd fact of history that George Washington came to own the land on which he fought his first battle. He bought it in 1769, 15 years after surrendering his Fort Necessity. Consisting of 234 1/2 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania, the tract of land was called "Mount Washington" and embraced the Great Meadows. However, little did he know then that this tract would later boast a tavern whose story would live for generations.

Although Washington never lived to see his land flourish, he knew it would be an excellent site for an inn. Soon after his death the first federally funded road was laid down through this country, crossing the Mount Washington tract, thus proving his speculations correct.

Travelers stopping at the Mt. Washington Tavern were pleased to find a commodious brick and stone tavern of eleven rooms in two stories, with an attic and basement. Built around 1827 by Judge Nathaniel Ewing of Uniontown, the Tavern was operated by James and Rebecca Sampey and did a lively business from the time it opened. Four conditions were prevalent at this inn: the place was clean, the food was good, the landlady was civil and her husband was sober.

Today, Mt. Washington Tavern is preserved as a unit of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Here you will find memorabilia of the era where the National Road helped build a new nation.

 


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Fort Necessity National Battlefield
One Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437

TELEPHONE: (724) 329-5512 Click for TTY Information

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

OPERATING HOURS: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all year;
closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

On Route 40, National Road 11 miles east of Uniontown.
  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to right following on-ramp sign to [US 119 South Morgantown/ US 40 East ]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass. Follow signs for US 40 East
  • Travel 8.3 miles to the top of Summit Mountain
  • After about 5.5 miles you'll start to climb the mountain (2.5 miles up from this is Point Lookout, a worthwhile quick stop).
  • At the top of the mountain to the right is the Summit Hotel
  • Continue to travel straight on US 40 East for 5.4 miles.
  • Turn Right at Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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