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Description - The Friendship Hill National Historic Site preserves the country estate of Albert Gallatin, a Swiss emigrant who served his adopted nation during the early years of the republic. Gallatin is best remembered for his thirteen year tenure as Secretary of the Treasury during the Jefferson and Madison administrations in which he reduced the national debt, purchased the Louisiana Territory and funded the Lewis & Clark exploration. A visitor center and exhibit area are located in the Gallatin House. The park has ten miles of nature trails with maps available at the visitor center. A self-guided audio house tour and "Reflections of Gallatin" presentation are offered throughout the year. During the summer months the Historic Sites offers daily house tours with concerts, special programs and lectures on weekends. The Gallatin House, picnic area, parking lot and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Audio tours are available for the visually impaired. Exhibits and brochures are available for the hearing impaired. School and educational groups should call for advance reservations. A picnic area is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attractions - The park preserves the country estate of Albert Gallatin, a Swiss emigrant who served his adopted nation during the early years of the republic. Gallatin is best remembered for his thirteen year tenure as Secretary of the Treasury during the Jefferson and Madison administrations in which he reduced the national debt, purchased the Louisiana Territory and funded the Lewis & Clark exploration. Gallatin's accomplishments and contributions to the late 18th and early 19th century American Republic are highlighted through exhibits and programs presented in his restored Friendship Hill house.

Recreation - The visitor center and exhibit area are located in the Gallatin House. The park has ten miles of nature trails with maps available at the visitor center. A self-guided audio house tour and "Reflections of Gallatin" presentation are offered throughout the year. During the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) ranger lead house tours are offered daily with concerts, special programs and lectures on weekends.

The Gallatin House, picnic area, parking lot and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Audio tours are available for the visually impaired. Exhibits and brochures are available for the hearing impaired.

School and educational groups should call in advance to let the park know of your plans and if the group is requesting a special house tour or program. Reservations must be made by school teachers requesting the park's Educational Program. The picnic area cannot be reserved and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

A nearby attraction worth the visit is Fort Necessity National Battlefield which is located 27 miles northeast of Friendship Hill NHS on U.S. Route 40. This site commemorates the opening battle of the French & Indian War.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Friendship Hill area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - From Uniontown in southwestern Pennsylvania, travel US 119 southwest about 10 - 12 miles turning north onto SR 166 and going about 5 miles to the historic site.


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Contact Information:
Friendship Hill National Historic Site, 1 Washington Parkway , Farmington, PA, 15437, Phone: 724-725-9190

Additional Information:
Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area - This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -

Links:
Friendship Hill National Historic Site - Official agency Website

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