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Jumonville Glen - George Washington's first taste of battle.

Just 5 minutes North of The Summit Inn, on Jumonville Road, is the site of the first battle of The French and Indian War, known as Jumonville Glen.

Here in the early morning hours on May 27th, 1754, then Lieutenant Colonel George Washington and 40 members of the Virginia Militia surrounded the unsuspecting French camp as they lay sleeping. A shot was fired, but no one knows by whom and the peaceful glen broke into chaos in a skirmish that lasted about 15 minutes. When it was over 10 Frenchmen were dead, including the French officer and Ambassador Jumonville.

This shot was to become known as "The Shot Heard Around the World" triggering the French and Indian War in North America and the Seven Years War in Europe.

This was young Washington's first taste of battle. Yet it would not be long before the French would come to avenge Jumonville's death at Great Meadows, the site where Washington hastily built Fort Necessity.

Today, the site is a pleasant spot in the woods not far from Jumonville Road, where we can contemplate the beauty of nature and perhaps the fateful events of 250 years ago that sent a giant ripple throughout history.

The site is a unit of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

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Fort Necessity National Battlefield
One Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437

TELEPHONE: (724) 329-5512 Click for TTY Information

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to right following on-ramp sign to [US 119 South Morgantown/ US 40 East ]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass. Follow signs for US 40 East
  • Travel 8.3 miles to the top of Summit Mountain
  • After about 5.5 miles you'll start to climb the mountain (2.5 miles up from this is Point Lookout, a worthwhile quick stop).
  • At the top of the mountain to the right is the Summit Hotel
  • Turn Left at top of mountain on Jumonville Road
  • Travel 2.5 mi to Braddock Road at Jummonville Youth Center on Right
  • Turn Right on into park.

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