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Fort Necessity



Storehouse in Fort Necessity Storehouse Entrance

Circular Fort Necessity

This wooden structure in southwest Pennsylvania is one of the smallest fortifications. In late spring of 1754 fearing attack of French and Indian forces, George Washington - lieutenant colonel of British Army at this time - ordered to build a circular palisaded fort. He called it Fort Necessity. After a battle that took place a month later George Washington and his troops surrendered. French burned the fort. Structure standing today is a reconstructed copy, of course.


Stockade Inside Fort Necessity