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Mount Washington Tavern

Formerly/Also Known As Ewing's Tavern, Sampey's Tavern, Hogsett's Tavern

3693 National Pike
Farmington, PA 15437-9501

(724) 329-5811
(724) 329-8682 FAX


Built in 1835.

From Searight's The Old Pike (1894):

Previous to 1835, and by divers good conveyances and assurances, down from Washington, this estate passed into the hands of the late Hon. Nathaniel Ewing, who caused to be erected on the property the large brick house, still standing, and one of the most noted old taverns on the road. Judge Ewing subsequently sold and conveyed the property to James Sampey, who went into possession and kept the tavern for many years, and until his death. The first year after Mr. Sampey's death the management of the tavern and farm was placed in charge of Robert Hogsett, who turned over to the representative of the estate the sum of four thousand dollars, as the profits of one year. The Good Intent line of stages stopped at Sampey's, and as showing the extent of the business of the house, Mr. Hogsett mentions that on one morning seventy-two stage passengers took breakfast there. John Foster and James Moore subsequently kept this house. They were sons-in-law of James Sampey, and Moore was an old stage driver. At the close of business on the road. Ellis Y. Beggs purchased the property and the tavern was closed. William D. Beggs, the father of Ellis, died in this house. He had collected the tolls for many years at the gate near Searights, was likewise a school teacher, and a good one, and was, for a number of years, Steward of the County Home. His eldest daughter, Jane, was the second wife of Dr. Smith Fuller, the eminent Uniontown physician. Godfrey Fazenbaker succeeded Beggs in the ownership, and engaged extensively in farming and stock raising. Mr. Fazenbaker died in possession, and the property descended to his heirs, who are the present occupants. The big water-trough still remains on the opposite side of the road from this old tavern, but all else has changed since the days when the proud stage driver cracked his long silken-ended whip over the backs of his four spanking steeds.

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Fort Necessity, 1903 (Mount Washington Tavern in the distance)
Fort Necessity, 1903 (Mount Washington Tavern in the distance).

Mount Washington Tavern
Mount Washington Tavern, ca. 1940.

Mount Washington Tavern, ca. 1930
Mount Washington Tavern, ca. 1930. Courtesy of the Library of Congress/Historic American Buildings Survey.

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