National Road Heritage Corridor

More than just a highway cutting across Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Historic National Road has always been a pathway for political, cultural, and industrial change. Revolutions were born here – from the French & Indian War to the Whiskey Rebellion. It was right here in this region that the nation grew and expanded, from the industries born out of the Coal & Coke Era to the cultural influences arising from craftsmen like Frank Lloyd Wright and his masterpiece,
Fallingwater
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(Photo: Wagon on the National Road Heritage Corridor.)

Things to See and Do

  • Fallingwater

    1491 Mill Run Road Mill Run PA 15421

    One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, was built for the Kaufmann Depatment store family as their weekend home from 1937 to 1963 when the house , the contents and the grounds were prsented to the Western PA Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann

  • Nemacolin Castle

    136 Front Street Brownsville PA 15417

    Former Old Fort Burd, Jacob Bowman, the 1st postmaster in brownsville, began with a simple native cut stone trading post that later was added to several times through several generations  Property is listed on the National Register of historic places.

  • Mt. Saint Macrina

    500 W Main Street Uniontown PA 15401

    Once known as Oak Hill, a 1,000 acre estate owned by JV Thompson, an illustrious coal baron and his second wife Huney, the estate is now occupied b y the Order of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great who have miantained the mansion and many of its orginal furnishings.

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    1 Washington Pkwy. Farmington PA 15437

    Come to this National Park that commemorates the events surrounding the start of the French and Indian War. The main park unit contains the reconstructed Fort Necessity, the historic Mount Washington Tavern, a picnic area, and hiking trails. Visit the new Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center opened in the Fall of 2005. Interactive exhibits and the twenty minute feature, “Road of Necessity” immerse you in history. Fort Necessity/ National Road Interpretive & Education Center Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is closed on the following Federal Holidays: January 1, 3rd Monday in January, 3rd Monday in February, 4th Thursday in November, December 25. Mount Washington Tavern is open May 1 – October 31. Check at Visitor Center for hours. The Mount Washington Tavern is closed for the winter months.

  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site (NPS)

    223 New Geneva Road Point Marion PA 15474

    Friendship Hill was once the country estate of Albert Gallatin. Gallatin often referred to as the “Father of the National Road” was 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 at Friendship Hill. Gallatin House Visitor Center open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. May through September – The Gallatin House is open daily. October through April – The Gallatin House will be open Saturdays and Sundays only. When a federal holiday — November 11, December 25, or January 1 — falls on Saturday or Sunday, the Gallatin House will be closed.

  • Christian Klay Winery

    412 Fayette Springs Road Chalk Hill PA 15421

    The vineyard consists of over 14,000 vines as well as a fruit orchard and a lavendar field.The winery features tours, a tasting area, a store, and events in a restored 1880s barn.

  • Abel Colley Tavern & Museum

    7083 National Pike Smock PA 15480

    The house was built @ 1850 by Abel Colley. It served as a family home as well as a tavern. The home was donated to the Fayette County Historical Society by Virginia & Warren Dick. It now houses a museum with both permanent and special exhibits throughout the year. Open year round by appointment.

  • Kentuck Knob

    723 Kentuck Road Chalk Hill PA 15421

    Designed in 1953 for the I. N. Hagan Family (Hagan Ice Cream) of Uniontown, the house represents Wright’s refinement of organic architecture.

  • Searight Toll House & Museum

    7328 West National Road Uniontown PA 15401

    Named for William Searight, a prosperous tavern owner on the National Road.  One of only two remaining toll houses (originally 6) on the Historic National Road. Operated by the Fayette County Historical Society and open year round by appointment.

  • Ohiopyle State Park

    171 Dinnerbell Road Ohiopyle PA 15470
  • Laurel Caverns

    200 Caverns Park Road Farmington PA 15437

    PA’s longest cave, this 435 acre geological park has 3 miles of underground trail and a mean temperature of 62°F. Open every day, even holidays, from April 15th through November 1st. Visitors’ Center entry hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30p.m

  • Lemoyne House

    49 E Maiden St. Washington PA 15301

    Built in 1812 by John Julius LeMoyne, the father of Francis Julius LeMoyne. Both father and son were physicians, but it was the courageous Francis Julius LeMoyne who, despite the strict Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, risked his personal freedom and fortune and took a stand against the institution of slavery. This successful 19th Century doctor, reformer and builder of the first crematory in the western hemisphere, opened his home and properties as stops along the Underground Railroad, the series of safe hiding places for runaway slaves as they headed north to Canada and freedom.

  • The David Bradford House

    175 S. Main St Washington PA 15301

    A National Historic Landmark, this stone structure was the home of David Bradford, one of the leaders of the Whiskey Rebellion, the 1st domestic challenge to the new American government. The Bradford House is open every Wednesday from April through November, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Tours may be scheduled throughout the year by appointment with 48-hour notice, except New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. To schedule a tour call 724-222-3604 or emailbradfordhouse@verizon.net

  • Touchstone Center for Crafts

    1049 Wharton Furnace Road Farmington PA 15437

    Touchstone is a unique three-seasons craft school locatred in Framington, PA part of the Laurel Highlands. This unique craft school includes contemporary and experimental techniques in addition to traditional and historic methods in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, textiles, glass, oil and watercolor painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

  • State Theatre Center for the Arts

    27 E Main Street Uniontown PA 15401

    Designed by world reknown theatre architect Thomas W. Lamb and hailed as the largest, finest and most beautiful playhouse in Western PA.  Today the theatre offers stage productions, musical performances and serves as the venue for dance revues and community gatherings.  Tours of this majestic venue are offered by appointment or during regular business hours.

  • Great Allegheny Passage

    Homestead, PA to Cumberland, MD Pittsburgh PA 15203

    135 miles of nearly level bike and hiking trail that passes through the Laurel Highlands along the Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers. The trail connects McKeesport, PA to Cumberland, MD, where it joins the C&O Canal Towpath, providing a safe and scenic adventure to Washington, DC.

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