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Friendship Hill National Historical Site

Friendship Hill National Historic Site - BEST Places to Picnic

1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437

Phone
Headquarters (Fort Necessity)
(724) 329-5512
Friendship Hill Visitor Center
(724) 725-9190

Explore Friendship Hill

Who was Albert Gallatin?

Albert Gallatin is best remembered for his thirteen year tenure as Secretary of the Treasury during the Jefferson and Madison administrations. In that time he reduced the national debt, purchased the Louisiana Territory and funded the Lewis & Clark exploration. Gallatin's accomplishments and contributions are highlighted in his restored country estate, Friendship Hill.

Plan Your Visit

Set aside from one to one and one-half hours to visit and enjoy the historic house, exhibits, audio tour, and any special programs.

You can also take some time to explore the 661 acre park on over ten miles of nature trails.

A picnic area and comfort station are adjacent to the main parking area.

Outdoor Activities

The ten miles of trails at Friendship Hill National Historic Site offer a glimpse of the natural world of the Allegheny Plateau.

When Albert Gallatin first came to the area in 1784, the Monongahela River was on the edge of the American frontier. Gallatin believed the rich land of the west held the key to his wealth. Farming, logging, mining, and the development of transportation have all left their imprint here.

Now the land is being managed to return to woods and meadows similar to those Gallatin knew, and you are invited to explore them.

History

Friendship Hill National Historic Site was the home of early American politician Albert Gallatin. It overlooks the Monongahela River near Point Marion, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The home itself is made up of six sections. The earliest of which is the original brick house built in 1789. This original house is built in the Federalist style with a Flemish bond. Along the north side of the brick house, a simple frame house was added in 1798. A stone kitchen was added in 1823, a State Dining Room in 1895, a south bedroom wing was finished in 1902, and the servant's quarters were added in 1903.

The house was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 12, 1965, and was therefore administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places with its establishment on October 15, 1966. The national historic site was established on November 10, 1978, and is administered under Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

Did You Know?
Albert Gallatin was the first man removed from the U.S. Senate. In 1793 Gallatin�s political foes claimed he was not a U.S. citizen for the required nine years. Gallatin had been in America since 1780, but swore an oath of allegiance in 1785. He was disqualified by a Senate vote along party lines.

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