Hidden in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, is one of the best-kept secrets of the National Park System -- Friendship Hill National Historic Site, home of Albert Gallatin from 1789 to 1825. Though little-known today, Gallatin, a Swiss immigrant to
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Albert Gallatin lived in this plain brick house for 40 years, which became
the Friendship Hill National Historic Site in 1978.
In 1783, when he was a young man,
A trip to Friendship Hill National Historic Site, authorized in 1978, offers a rare opportunity to learn more about Gallatin -- a man who has been curiously lost in history. A self-guided tour of the house features exhibits and mementos of his career, including a campaign poster from his 1796 bid for Congress, an Annual Report to the
Ten miles of hiking trails wind through the woods and meadows of Friendship Hill. One of them takes visitors past the memorial grave of Gallatin's first wife, Sophia.
Friendship Hill National Historic Site Information
Address: 1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437
Hours of Operation: (Gallatin House) Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April - October; (Park Grounds and Trails) Daily, Sunrise to Sunset year round
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Eric Peterson is a Denver-based freelance writer who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the