This is an easy to moderate hike, with lots of wildlife—notably, white-tailed deer, gray and fox squirrels, and songbirds— to be seen. You get some nice views of the Monongahela River, too. What makes this hike really unique, however, is the opportunity to visit the Gallatin House, where you can get a guided tour, watch a video presentation, and learn about an important if little known American.
Tragedy made Albert Gallatin an American hero of sorts. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, he traveled to America, ultimately settling on the banks of the Monongahela River. He called the area New Geneva and in 1789 laid plans to manufacture firearms, glass, and other items for fellow settlers. Not long after he arrived, though, his wife died, changing the course of his life forever. He remarried, but his new bride wanted no part of living on the frontier, so Gallatin moved to the nation’s capital. There, he served thirteen years as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under presidents Jefferson and Madison, funding the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He always kept his original home, though, and today it’s maintained by the National Park Service. You can stop by, learn a little history, then hike its grounds.
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