An Area Rich in History

Fallingwater is located near many attractions of historical value to both the region and the country.

Day One

Arrive in the Laurel Highlands on the National Road (US Route 40) and step back to the beginning of highway travel in the United States. The first federally funded highway, the National Road Heritage Corridor today helps to preserve the rich history along the road that ran from Cumberland, MD to Wheeling, WV. 

See the original mile markers, stop at the Addison or Searights Tollhouse, browse in one of the many antique shops, tour Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville and enjoy the many small towns along this two-lane road.

Just east of Uniontown is Fort Necessity National Battlefield the site of George Washington’s first battle and the start of the French and Indian War. The interpretive center brings the battles of Washington and General Braddock to life and explores the development of the National Road.

Washington’s Tavern is located adjacent to the battlefield and inside costumed guides will tell the story of life along the road. Choose one of the many restaurants located along the National Road for your first evening’s dinner and get a good night’s rest at the lodging facility of your choice. 

Fort Necessity

Day Two

Start the day with a tour at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater where you will experience one of the most important works in America’s architectural history.

After lunch in the Fallingwater café, travel just a few miles south to Ohiopyle State Park and Ferncliff Penisula a National Natural Historic Landmark. Hike the trails on the peninsula and find examples of rare plants, some of which exist only at this location.

When you finish your hike join the locals at one of the eateries in the village of Ohiopyle for a great evening’s entertainment and dinner before heading back to your room for a well deserved sleep. 

Day Three

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob is the starting point today as you tour the Usonian house designed in the mid-1950’s for I.N. and Bernadine Hagan. 

When you leave Kentuck Knob travel north along PA Route 381, a federally designated Scenic Byway, to historic Ligonier. Here you’ll find Fort Ligonier another fort that played an important role in the French and Indian War.

When you finish touring the fort be sure to head into town and explore the many antique and specialty shops that line the streets of this quaint town. Eat dinner at one of the restaurants in town before starting your journey home.