|George Washington's first taste of battle.
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.
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.
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
The site is a unit of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield.