Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Point Marion

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  • The park ranger was very informative! I hadn't know much about this time period & Mr Gallidin. Quite the interesting life & house! Glad I went!  more »
  • We ended up at Friendship Hill on the advice of our tour guide at Searight's Toll House and were so glad we stopped in. Since it was the July 4th holiday, it wasn't crowded at all, just a handful of p...  more »
  • Went here with my wife, 3 young children, and my parents. The location itself is pretty far off the beaten path, but that adds to the appeal. The grounds leading into Gallatin's Friendship Hill homest...  more »
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  • Around the corner from my house with great amount of information regarding Albert Gallatin and the park in it's current state. Much more than just the house and a very scenic location
  • Great place to visit. Great trails and beautiful home to tour.
  • Beautiful historic national park. Also has picnic area and great trails.
  • Excellent trails. The longest loop is approximately five miles. This loop includes views of the Monongahela River, the railroad, lovely mountainside views. This particular trail ends with stairs (picture of a small portion of the stairs included but does not indicate the steepness) which climb up from the river to the top of the trail. It is quite challenging! There are shorter trails which include a pond. If you are quiet you will often see deer, squirrel, chipmunks. Large turtles bask on logs in the pond. In the evening, I have seen 50+ deer in the meadow. The house itself is lovely. A visitor's room with historical goodies for purchase. Post cards too! Always guides available if you have questions. There are several floors: The basement is open and includes restrooms. The first floor includes the guide station, two open living rooms with lovely views and period pieces, a kitchen with walls cut so you may see the original, the dining area, two bedrooms with views of the long porch and a room to sit and view stories and info on a large television. The second floor includes four bedrooms, all period pieces. Lovely views. Including a second story balcony porch. The third story and attic are rarely open to the public. They have done a private, limited tour of them but I was unable to make it. The reason it is closed is for safety purposes of weight limits on the old floors until they are refinished. HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY:. There is a lot of walking as you park at the bottom and walk up. However, there is handicapped parking. You may drive up directly to the house. The house itself has a ramp and the floors are accessible by elevator, including restrooms. One portion of the second floor is by stairs only...just two rooms. Some of the trails at the bottom would be accessible for some adventurous wheelchair owners! The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk for walking, hiking. The house is slightly more limited. Hours are posted online. Festifall event is annual and a must! People in period dress with lots of displays and fun for the kids such as candle making, corn husks dolls, lessons on quilting, traditional sewing, blacksmithing, rug making and so much more. Free but accepting donations. Park in the field, walk up. Guides do offer rides on golf carts up to the house this day.
  • Lots of walking. Beautiful grounds and view from the gazebo. Not all of the house is accessible to visitors which is disappointing. I would have loved to go on the balcony and only a handful of rooms were open to walk through. Still a beautiful place with lots of history and worth the visit if you don't mind the walking.

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