Braddock's Grave


It is an odd fact of history that George Washington came to own the land on which he fought his first battle. He bought it in 1769, 15 years after surrendering his Fort Necessity. Consisting of 234 1/2 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania, the tract of land was called "Mount Washington" and embraced the Great Meadows. However, little did he know then that this tract would later boast a tavern whose story would live for generations.

Although Washington never lived to see his land flourish, he knew it would be an excellent site for an inn. Soon after his death the first federally funded road was laid down through this country, crossing the Mount Washington tract, thus proving his speculations correct.

Travelers stopping at the Mt. Washington Tavern were pleased to find a commodious brick and stone tavern of eleven rooms in two stories, with an attic and basement. Built around 1827 by Judge Nathaniel Ewing of Uniontown, the Tavern was operated by James and Rebecca Sampey and did a lively business from the time it opened. Four conditions were prevalent at this inn: the place was clean, the food was good, the landlady was civil and her husband was sober.

Today, Mt. Washington Tavern is preserved as a unit of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Here you will find memorabilia of the era where the National Road helped build a new nation.








Fort Necessity National Battlefield
One Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437

TELEPHONE: 724-329-5512 Click for TTY Information

Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all year;
closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.


Directions From the Inne at watsons Choice
Head east on Balsinger Rd/Old State Rte 21 toward S&T Dr Continue to follow Balsinger Rd 0.6 mi
Turn left onto PA-21 E 2.1 mi
Turn right to merge onto US-119 S/US-40 E 2.3 mi
Use the left 2 lanes to take the US-40 E exit toward Hopwood 0.4 mi Continue onto US-40 E

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  While you're in the area, you might check out these attractions.

Braddock's Grave
Washington's Tavern
Jummonville Glen
The Cross at Jumonville
Country Charm
Nemacolin Woodlands
Christian W. Klay Winery
Kentuck Knob
Ohiopyle State Park
Addison Tollhouse
Wharton Furnace
Touchstone Center for the Arts
Laurel Caverns
The National Road


234 Balsinger Road
Village of Balsinger
Uniontown, Pa 15401

Bill and Nancy Ross
Inn Keepers



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