The antecedents to the National Road included buffalo trails, Native American foot paths, Washington’s Road and Braddock’s Road. The latter two were developed over a part of Nemacolin Trail, an Indian pathway, as part of the British campaigns to evict the French from the forks of the Ohio River. Visitors to the National Road can learn about this time period by visiting Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Fort Necessity is the site of the first battle of the French and Indian War (July 3, 1754) and the early military events that helped shape George Washington’s character and abilities as a military leader. Not far from the fort, visitors can see Braddock’s Grave and Jumonville Glen, site of the first conflict in the Fort Necessity campaign.