Fort Necessity National Battlefield marks the first battle of the French and Indian war. Park features include Braddock's grave and Jumonville Glen sites.
On July 3, 1754, in the wilderness of the Allegheny Mountains, Colonial troops commanded by 22-year-old Colonel George Washington were defeated in this small stockade at the "Great Meadow." This opening battle of the French and Indian War began a seven year struggle between Great Britain and France for control of North America. Great Britain's success in this war helped pave the way for the American Revolution. Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, about 11 miles east of Uniontown, and comprises approximately 900 acres.