Addison in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington, on his military expedition to the Ohio, encamped there with his forces, May 18th to 24th, 1754, and from that point explored the Youghiogheny.
There, also, Major General Braddock, with his army, crossed June 24th, 1755, on his march against Fort Duquesne.
Erected 1912 by the Great Crossings Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
Location. 39° 44.801′ N, 79° 20.088′ W. Marker is in Addison, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker is on Main Street west of National Pike (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the Petersburg Toll House. Marker is in this post office area: Addison PA 15411, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toll House (approx. 0.2 miles away); National Road Pennsylvania (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bear Camp (approx. 3.3 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named The National Road (approx. 5.3 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Addison.
More about this marker. The Great Crossings are now much further away than half a mile from this point. This marker was originally placed on the stone bridge that took Route 40 across the Youghiogheny River at the town of Somerfield. The bridge—and the town—are now at the bottom of the Youghiogheny reservoir.
Also see . . . A Bridge to the 19th Century. 1999 Article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Patricia Lowry. It describes the appearance of the National Road's Great Crossings bridge when the water level of the Youghiogheny reservoir fell to record levels. Also goes into the history of the Great Crossings. (Submitted on May 13, 2006.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Landmarks • Notable Events • Notable Persons • War, French and Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,725 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 13, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 25, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3. submitted on May 13, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4. submitted on August 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania.