National Park Service Remembers “The First World War” At Fort Necessity (Exhibit to run April 2017 to November 2018) One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson asked for and received from Congress a declaration of war against the German Empire, a declaration eventually expanded to include the Central Powers, Germany’s allies. So began America’s entry into the Great War that had been raging globally for over three years. It would cost the lives of thousands of Americans in the coming year and mark the entry of this country as a world player for the remainder of the 20th century.
Historian and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the French & Indian War (1754-1763) “the first” world war, a war that began here in western Pennsylvania with the battle at Fort Necessity. The war grew into an international affair between the two great empires of France and Britain. Fighting occurred on every continent with exception to Australia and Antarctica and cost the lives of nearly a million people. The French & Indian War’s outcome set the stage for America’s War of Independence.
The Fort Necessity National visitor center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park please call during business hours at 724-329-5805 or visit our webpage at www.nps.gov/fone
The Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society will soon be offering for sale its latest publication entitled “County Reminiscences – Along the Old Pike” – The book is a compilation and reprint of a series of newspaper articles written in 1895 by local Doctor, William Frey Mitchell. The articles are about the great National Road and its era of stagecoach drivers, wagoners, drovers, tavern keepers and travelers on the pike. Price $20 plus s&h (includes photographs & postcard images – 114 pages) To order send check, money order to Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 82, Addison PA 15411.