Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fort Necessity and the Mount Washington Tavern

Fort Necessity

The locale near present day Farmington, Pennsylvania where George Washington started the French and Indian war and suffered his only defeat.

Information from the visitors center where I learned more about that war than I remembered from long-ago school days.  It seems that George Washington, then only 22, led his men to ambush a French encampment. Not a smart choice. And during that skirmish he killed a French officer. Who had a brother.

Also called the "Seven Years War" this was the true World War I. Until visiting we did not remember or realize how far the battles had spread.

 You can walk to a replica of the fort.  Originally the meadow was smaller. There are signs indicating where the original treeline was.

Trenches were to slow down the advancing French but may have been a little to close to the fort.


The first improved road across the Appalachians lies nearby.


Mount Washington Tavern

Years after the defeat at Fort Necessity, Washington returned to the area and bought property. The hill above the fort location still bears his name.

The view from the road. 

 The interior is decorated as close to the period as possible.

The Parlor.

 From the window at the end of the hall.


 The road today.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Kentuck Knob

The "other" FLW house in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Kentuck Knob was lived in as a permanent residence for many years by the Hagan family of ice cream fame. And once you get done walking down the hill on a warm day, an ice cream cone at the visitor center is more than welcome.

According to our guide, cars do not require doors on their garage as they won't run away like a horse.

 Front of the house and entry way.

 From the deck on the back of the house.

 Patio off of the dining room.

The beautiful copper roof taken from the barbque area. Note central skylight over kitchen.

 View to the river valley below.

After the house tour, a meander down the hill through the sculpture garden.


"Two Charred Figures"

 Another view of the front from the woods.

Looking up to the rear deck area.

There are two segments of the Berlin Wall on the property but only one is accessible from the path. The other is along the road lading to the house.

A druid circle? I went inside but nothing happened.

 Collection of bird houses at the visitor center.

View of the knob from the road below.