Historic & Natural Landmarks
Discover the rich history, inspiring artistic landmarks, and natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands.
Designed by the renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater was originally a summer home to department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. Fallingwater, which was built over a waterfall, exemplifies Wright’s concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Owned and operated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, this unique landmark has hosted more than 4.5 million visitors since it opened to the public.
Another of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes, Kentuck Knob is privately-owned and open to the public for guided tours. Designed on a hexagonal module, Kentuck Knob is a small one-story Usonian house, a signature design of Wright. Both dramatic and serene, the house, situated just below the crest of the hills, appears almost part of the mountain itself. Visitors are invited to browse the landmark's impressive sculpture collection and gift shop.
Built in 1957, this Frank Lloyd Wright design was dismantled from its original location in Lisle, Illinois, and moved to Polymath Park Resort, where the Duncan House was reconstructed on Westmoreland County property. The Duncan House is complimented by two other Usonian-style homes that were designed for the original vision of Polymath Park by Wright’s apprentice, Peter Berndtson. After many months of complex craftsmanship, the home is a stellar example of Wright’s vision.
Built in the summer of 1754, Fort Necessity is the inaugural site of the French and Indian War. Visit the battle site where a young George Washington was soundly defeated, and wander through the Visitor’s Center, a reconstructed Fort Necessity, and the Mt. Washington Tavern. Located just 10 minutes from Nemacolin, the park is open daily with guided tours available.
Flight 93 National Memorial
The Flight 93 National Memorial honors the actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, which flew on September 11, 2001. It is in place to protect their final resting place and to tell their story. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93, the U.S. Capitol attack was stopped.
Ohiopyle State Park is just a scenic,10-minute drive from Nemacolin. Ohiopyle encompasses 19,052 acres of rugged, natural beauty and 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River that pass through the heart of the park. Our friends at Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours offer white water rafting tours, guided float trips, kayak lessons, and bike rentals.
Great Allegheny Passage
Ohiopyle State Park also offers miles of hiking and biking trails including the Great Allegheny Passage, a flat trail that connects Pittsburgh with Washington, D.C.
As Pennsylvania's largest cave, Laurel Caverns is a 430-acre geological park offering adventure seekers nearly three miles of twisting, turning passages. Adventure into the earth, and discover fantastic, natural sculptures deep within the catacombs.