Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The National Road / Route 40 - from the French and Indian War to Frank Lloyd Wright - Over 250 Years of Must See History
Just up the road stands the Flatiron Building (c. 1830), constructed as a business building in thriving 19th-century Brownsville, it is one of the oldest, most intact iron commercial structures west of the Allegheny Mountains. It is the unofficial "prototype" for the flatiron buildings seen across the United States. The most notable is the Fuller Building in Market Square in New York City. After nearly being demolished, the building was saved by local preservationists and now serves as an historic asset to Brownsville. The Flatiron Building Heritage Center, located within the building at 69 Market Street, holds artifacts from Brownsville's heyday, as well as displays about the community's important coal and coke heritage. Brownsville is the location of other properties on the National Register of Historic Places, such as Bowman's castle (Nemacolin Castle), the Philander Knox House, and the Brashear House.
I was anxious to visit a site that I had passed numerous times in the past, Jumonville Glenn. This site held all the answers as to how the English (and Colonists) came to war with France and her allied Indians, and at the center of this was a young George Washington who set off this entire conflagaration. I wondered why I didn't know more about this spot - turns out there's pretty good reason - George Washington's conduct during this clash - between his scouting force and that of the French would have would have had Washington in front of a UN court had it happened today.
Jumonville Glen -
The Summitt Inn Hotel
We were coming out of the now lingering dusk and were at the foot of one my favorite landmarks along this route, the historic Summit Inn. I had passed it many times but had never stopped to appreciate the architecture and views up close. It boasts a grand porch and pool which overlooks the twinkling lights of Uniontown at the base of the mountain. After a hearty meal and a beer it was time to part with Chris and head back to DC. I will return to these sites and others, such as the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, Fallingwater....
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