Note: this topic is from 2004.
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An unintentional, but effective, slam of public education.
Braddock's Road followed Eagle Street in Mt. Pleasant, passing through what is now Frick Hospital and the former Ramsay High School building. Following the ridge, it exited the town through the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Wow, that certainly is a blast from the past.
But I'm sorry to see that there wasn't much interest when I originally posted it.
But then again, I grew up in this area and always had an interest in this chapter of our history.
This cemetary is where my grandparents are buried and the HS is where my parents went.
And we had other family who lived on Eagle St.
Until I was 4-years-old, our house was on the other side of town, but there was an old, overgrown cemetary in the field in back of it.
It actually wasn't much of a cemetary. As I vaguely recall, it was just a couple of marked graves rumored to be from the Braddock period. I can remember Dad clearing away some of the weeds and brush when he took me back there once to see it.
But we move to the 'Burgh when I was older, so I can't pass along the lore as well as if I had actually grown up there.
Traces of the road can be found in the forests east of Fort Necessity, along the southern edge of Route 40. Where the land has been farmed, the trail has been pretty much wiped out...
The following is from Evert's History of Fayette county and refers to the locality as it was about 1881 :
"Mr. Facenbaker, the present occupant, came to the property in 1856, and cut a ditch, straightening the windings of the run, and consequently destroying the outline. The ditch is outside the base-line, through the out-thrown two perches. A lane runs through the southeast angle. The ruins of the fort or embanked stockade, which it really was, is three hundred yards south of Facenbaker's residence, or the Mount Washington stand, in a meadow, on waters of Great Meadow Run, a tributary of the Youghiogheny. On the north, two hundred yards distant from the works, was wooded upland; on the northwest a regular slope to high ground about four hundred yards away, now cleared, then woods; on the south about two hundred and fifty yards to the top of a hill, now cleared, then woods, divided by a small spring run breaking from a hill on the southeast, eighty yards away, then heavily, and still partially, wooded. A cherry tree stands on one line and two crab-apples on the other. The base is scarcely visible, with all trace gone of line across the run. Mr. Geoffrey Facenbaker says he cleared up a locust thicket there and left a few trees standing, and that it was the richest spot on the farm. About four hundred yards below, in a thicket close to his lower barn, several ridges of stone were thrown up, and here he thinks the Indians buried their dead. He found in the lane in ditching, logs five feet under ground in good preservation."
"The site of the fort has not been desecrated by the plow since it came into the possession of the Facenbaker family. Mr. Lewis Facenbaker is the present owner."
The location is in Wharton township, Fayette county.