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.








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.

Jummonville Youth Center
The Cross at Jumonville



234 Balsinger Road
Village of Balsinger
Uniontown, Pa 15401

Bill and Nancy Ross
Inn Keepers



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