We the undersigned wish to make known our concerns for the future of the historic Thomas Gaddis Homestead in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
The Gaddis Homestead, also known as Fort Gaddis, is the oldest known building in Fayette County and the second oldest log cabin in Western Pennsylvania. The Gaddis Homestead was built between 1769 and 1774 by Colonel Thomas Gaddis (1742–1834), a Revolutionary War patriot who was in charge of the defense of the region at the time. In fact, his home was designated as a site for community meetings and shelter in times of emergency, hence the term "Fort Gaddis."
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission installed a historical marker near 809 Morgantown Road, Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401. However, the Fort is actually located to the rear of the property located at 813 Morgantown Road or alternatively, to the rear of the property located at 121 Georges Fairchance Road. Nonetheless, permission is currently required from the corresponding property owners in order to gain access to the Gaddis Homestead.
We the undersigned hope to inspire civic leaders, urban planners, and other interested parties to restore Fort Gaddis and to provide for a public access route from Brownfield Road, which also runs adjacent to the property.
Although the Thomas Gaddis Homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, it has unfortunately fallen into a state of disrepair, mainly due to neglect and the intrusion of nearby development.
Remarkably, the fifty-nine acres surrounding Fort Gaddis is currently for sale and as you know, the fracking boom is rapidly changing the landscape of southwestern Pennsylvania. If we don’t act now, it won’t be long before oil and gas companies are fracking on the Gaddis Homestead, which will eventually be lost to history, forever.
We the undersigned believe that the Gaddis Homestead is a unique architectural and historic treasure that is worthy of preservation and urge the City of Uniontown, County of Fayette, and State of Pennsylvania to take an active role in preserving this historic landmark for future generations to come.