Part of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Mount Washington Tavern is an excellent example of a mid-19th century roadside tavern. Built in the 1830s by Judge Nathaniel Ewing, the tavern catered to stagecoach travelers along the country’s first federally funded National Road, now known as US route 40. It is so named due to the fact that George Washington owned the land upon which is was built from 1770 until his death in 1799.
room tavern and inn was run by James and Rebecca Sampey and includes a barroom
that served the male clientele only, a parlor, which was the most ornately decorated
room, a dining room that served hearty food to weary travelers on long tables
and benches, and a kitchen. The bedrooms
were far from private, as they usually contained multiple beds that were often
times shared with complete strangers who came and went during the night.
patrons eventually faded as the railroad became a more efficient means of
travel, and it was purchased by Godfrey Fazenbaker in 1855. He and his family resided there for the next
75 years. The Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania then purchased the property in 1932 and the National Parks Service
incorporated it into the Fort Necessity National Park in 1961, where it has
remained ever since.
is just a short walk from the recreated Fort Necessity. It has been restored back to its 19th
century beginnings with period furnishings and fixtures and is open daily for
self-guided tours that include numerous informational placards.