Fort Necessity was the site of the first battle of the French and Indian War, the first and only military surrender of George Washington's military career.

The national battlefield commemorates this battle and interprets the war’s significance to the country. The 900-acre park includes a visitor center, the reconstructed fort and the Mount Washington Tavern. The tavern, built on land once owned by George Washington, provided food and lodging for travelers on the National Road, the first highway built entirely with federal funds.

Updates on Fort Necessity

  • Magazine Article

    Lead Proof

    Fall 2023 | By Katherine DeGroff

    A recent ballistics discovery at Fort Necessity National Battlefield confirmed where the French and Indian War began.


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