Uniontown, PA, is a small suburb of Pittsburgh with lots of enjoyable attractions and activities for seniors in the area. In fewer than 6 hours, residents can drive to the following close-by locations for even more nationally renowned entertainment:
- Pittsburgh (~50 miles away)
- Cleveland, OH (~180 miles away)
- Washington, D.C. (~200 miles away)
- Baltimore, MD (~200 miles away)
- Philadelphia (~300 miles away)
Right in town and around the Laurel Highlands region and Fayette County, there’s an abundance of nature, history and dining destinations to check out. The following are some of the many fun things seniors can look forward to in the Uniontown area.
1. Kentuck Knob
Kentuck Knob in nearby Dunbar is a home designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright that today is open for tours to the public. The home stands 2,050 feet above sea level and is in the architect’s “Usonian” style, designed on a hexagonal module and constructed with red cypress and native sandstone. Visitors can see a view of the Laurel Highlands and Youghiogheny River Gorge from the back patio and learn more about the house’s history, including those who lived there.
Speaking of Wright, the architect designed another home in the Uniontown area, called Fallingwater, in nearby Mill Run. Fallingwater is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located in the Laurel Highlands mountains, set over a waterfall. In addition to touring the house and museum, Fallingwater hosts diverse programming, including photography workshops, flower arranging classes, painting classes, architectural drawing courses and many more programs.
3. Fort Necessity National Battlefield
The Fort Necessity National Battlefield is a national park in nearby Farmington that’s open for tours. Visitors can learn more at the Interpretive and Education Center, see the historic Mount Washington Tavern and walk along historic park grounds and trails.
4. Laurel Caverns
Laurel Caverns in nearby Farmington is home to the largest cave in Pennsylvania, with more than 4 miles of passages. Visitors can take a guided and/or self-guided tour into the lighted portion of the cave by foot. Lauren Caverns also has spelunking programs by arrangement, plus presents special programming, like panning for gemstones and grotto tours.
5. Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park, in nearby Ohiopyle, spans more than 20,000 acres and has tons of outdoor activities to do in the park, including:
- Viewing Ohiopyle Falls
- Biking along the Great Allegheny Passage
- Viewing waterfalls at Cucumber Run
- Seeing Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge from Baughman Rocks
- Whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River
- Walking along trails
- Seeing fossils and rare plants on Ferncliff Peninsula
- Picnicking at Tharp Knob
- Camping at Kentuck Campground
- Backpacking on the Laurel Highland Hiking Trail
The park is ADA accessible. Those needed accommodations due to a disability can contact the park for assistance.
Nemacolin in nearby Farmington is home to five resort properties that include golf, a casino, dining, spas and other activities. Seniors in Uniontown who want to book a staycation can enjoy world-class amenities at the resort, or simply visit for a massage, fine dining meal, gambling or game of golf. Restaurants include Fawn & Fable steakhouse, Lautrec’s six-course French restaurant, seafood spot Aqueous, PJ’s Ice Cream Parlor, the poolside Sunset Terrace, the casual dining spot The Peak, and take-and-go bakery The Patisserie. There’s also a variety of cocktail lounges at this luxury destination.
7. Vin De Matrix Winery
Located around 30 miles from Uniontown, Vin De Matrix is a beautiful mountainside winery with an intimate tasting room for the winery’s signature dry wines, semi-wines and sweet wines that are blended with fruits like blackberry, cherry, plum, blueberry, apple, cranberry and pomegranate. Visitors can book time for a flight tasting in advance.
8. Abel Colley Tavern & Museum
The Abel Colley Tavern & Museum in nearby Smock is a historic tavern that dates back to 1835 and is listed today on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic site is the Fayette County Historical Society’s headquarters, and features a local history library and museum for those interested in learning more about Fayette County history.
9. National Road Heritage Corridor
The National Road Heritage Corridor in Uniontown is one of 12 Heritage Areas in Pennsylvania, and is part of the National Scenic Byway “All American Road.” The road spans 90 miles across the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and totals 600 miles altogether, and features historic architecture and mural artwork for road trippers to explore.
At Main Street in Uniontown, you can see statues of President Thomas Jefferson and his Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin, who created the plan to construct the National Road. There’s also a collection of sheep and stagecoach driver sculptures on US Route 40 in Uniontown, as well as a permanent outdoor exhibit of pioneer letters and diary excerpts at the Historic Summit Inn in nearby Farmington.
10. Searight Toll House
Also along the National Road, the Searight Toll House in Uniontown was constructed in 1835 and remains one of only two remaining National Road tollhouses. It’s also a National Historic Landmark and is today operated as a historic site by the Uniontown Historical Society. Visitors can enter the museum to see historical artifacts and a re-creation of the tollhouse when it was back in operation.
More Things for Seniors to Do at Marquis Gardens Place
Uniontown is also home to Marquis Gardens Place, a welcoming senior community for residents in need of personal care and short-term care. Marquis Gardens Place includes amenities like an activity room, a hair salon, lounges, an outdoor courtyard and porch, and restaurant style dining with chef-prepared meals. This pet-friendly residence also offers daily programming, with activities like:
- Brain games
- Breath and stretching classes
- Chair yoga
- Community outings
- Crafter’s corner
- Movie matinees
- Piano singalongs
- Puzzlers groups
- Sundae socials
- Table games
- Tai chi classes
- Wii bowling
- Wine and cheese socials
There’s also a resident council, birthday celebrations and parties. If you or your loved one is looking for a place to live with access to 24/7 personal care that supports independence and autonomy, find out more about Senior Lifestyle, or schedule a tour today.