Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Overview

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 that time 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. This site hosts 10 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy. When Albert Gallatin first came to the area in 1784, the Monongahela River was on the edge of the American frontier. Gallatin believed the rich land of the west held the key to his wealth. Farming, logging, mining, and the development of transportation have all left their imprint here.

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Seasonality / Weather

In summer it is generally warm, often humid with cool mornings and evenings. In winter it is generally cold with snow possible from November through April. Layered clothing is recommended.

Directions

Driving: 

The park is located three miles north of Point Marion, Pennsylvania on state route 166. Nearby major roads include Interstates 68 & 79, U.S. Routes 40 & 119 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From downtown Pittsburgh, take US 51 south to Uniontown US 119 South to Point Marion. Then take PA 166 north - Park entrance is on left 3 miles north of Point Marion. From the Pennsylvania turnpike, take exit #8 toward New Stanton, then US 119 south through Connellsville and Uniontown to Point Marion, PA 166 north. The park entrance is on left 3 miles north of Point Marion.

Flying: 

This site is less than 2 hours from Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. Commuter flights may be available to Morgantown, West Virginia, approximately 25 minutes away.