Friendship Hill National
1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437
Headquarters (Fort Necessity)
Friendship Hill Visitor Center
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,
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.
The ten miles of trails at Friendship Hill
National Historic Site offer a glimpse of the natural world of the
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.
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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