"FRIENDSHIP HILL - SWISS SUCCESS STORY IN THE NEW W" Greensboro by mtncorg

Greensboro Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 25 photos

Greens boro is an old center for clay pottery and the home of one nice Bed and Breakfast, but my tips concern a national historic site across the river for which Greensboro is one of the closer VT sites to choose from.

Sitting atop a bluff above the Monongahela River just a few miles north of the West Virginia border is the former home to one of the more interesting figures in early United States political history , Albert Gallatin. Gallatin came to America from Geneva as a very young man living first in Boston, then eventually making his way to the frontier here in western Pennsylvania. He helped develop the neighboring town of New Geneva which by 1800 could boast of a grist mill, gun factory and glassworks. Politics was also a part of his life becoming a congressman (1795-1801), where he led the Democratic-Republican faction and served as a front man for Thomas Jefferson and James Madison during the period of opposition during the John Adams Federalist administration. With Jefferson’s election to President in 1800, Gallatin became the Secretary of Treasury, a spot he held until 1814 through both of Jefferson’s terms and for the better part of Madison’s terms, as well. He was able to reduce the federal debt in half until the War of 1812 came along. He went on to become the Minister of France - 1816-23 - after serving on the American negotiating team - which included one John Quincy Adams - which signed the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 with Britain. After France, he served as Minister to Britain 1826-27. Before he went to London, Gallatin returned to the U.S.. He had had Friendship Hill enlarged in the hope of retiring there. He played host to the Marquis de La Fayette here in May, 1825 on LaFayette’s farewell tour to America. By the autumn of that same year, however, Hannah, his second wife, had enough of life on the frontier and the family moved to New York City where she was from. Here, Gallatin was to have more active years ahead.

  • Last visit to Greensboro: Sep 2008
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