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Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. Ending with the removal of French power from North America, the war set the stage for the American Revolution. 


Sean B

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Great place for history buffs to come and learn. A twenty minute movie, artifacts and a trip to the fort must ba experienced. The Fort itself is almost disappointingly small, but the history lessons here tell why. Also featured is an exhibit describing the first Federal road. This place has a small gift shop featuring Virginia hand blown glass. No food or snacks sold here. Public restrooms available. Everything is wheelchair accessible. If you take your time and hike trails as well, you can experience everything in about three hours. Great for groups.

Stephen Zomcik

Monday, May 14, 2018
The battlefield, fort and surrounding are is very cool and we'll maintained. I would definitely recommend going big you are interested in history. There are picnic areas so you could take a lunch and spend the day hiking around or just spend a few hours and tour the museum and see the fort.

Matt Champlin

Sunday, April 29, 2018
This was the site where George Washington suffered his first military defeat in the French and Indian war. After ambushing a French expedition down the road a few miles in Jumonville Glen (also part of Fort Necessity NB) he realized the French would retaliate. He built a small stockade and earthworks and took shelter with 400 Virginia soldiers. When the French attacked, he realized the fort was built in a poor location and indefensible. After suffering 100 causalities the French allowed Washington and his troops to surrender and return to Virginia. It was Washington's only military surrender in his career. This park itself is wonderful. New, modern visitor center with excellent exhibits. Great movie and a nice pathway that leads you to the earthworks and the reconstructed stockade. You'll be amazed at how small it is! Make sure to take the drive and visit the nearby Jumonville Glen which is 6 miles up the road. It gives a beautiful taste of what the wilderness was like in 1755!

Ritesh Kumar

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
It was very informative and an awesome experience everybody should go there once We were theree on the Memorial Day and that made it all the more better experience

Tracey Madison

Friday, April 6, 2018
Very informative museum and stops along the trails. Loved that we could bring our dog. Many tourists were disappointed that the tavern wasn't open. It would have been a great opportunity for everyone to get that part of history as well especially my children.

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