Fort Necessity National Battlefield

11 mi. E of Uniontown on U.S. 40, Uniontown, Pennsylvania


Reconstructed Fort

Photo taken by Jim Allen, Aug 2012




The National Battlefield, established in 1931, consists of 3 separate units: the Great Meadows battlefield area, Braddock’s Grave, & Jumonville Glen.

The Great Meadows contains a 1954 replica fort & surrounding earth embankments. The original fort was built by George Washington in 1754. From 1935 through 1937 the Civilian Conservation Corps built picnic shelters and other facilities in this area. Also in this area is Mount Washington Tavern, built c1830, which served as a stage stop along the National Road.

Braddock’s Grave, about 2 miles west of the meadows on US-40, is the site of a 1913 monument dedicated to General Braddock.

Jumonville Glen, located on Jumonville Road about 5 miles west of the meadows along US-40, is the site of a battle between the Virginia militia and the French troops.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Military; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Battle site
Current functions
Park; Monument/marker
Period of significance
Significant years
1754; 1755
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 5

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 25, 2015: Updated by Jim Allen: expanded description
  • September 4, 2012: Updated by Jim Allen: Added description
  • September 4, 2012: New photos from Jim Allen