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Artist Robert Adamovich

Robert Adamovich lives on the mountain ridge that made 22-year-old George Washington famous, the ridge where Washington fought his first battles, where General Braddock built his road, and where Braddock's army retreated in the wake of the Battle of the Monongahela. Robert's driveway is part of Nemacolin's Path; just over the hill is one of the area's oldest and most famous landmarks, Half King's Rock, where Washington and Indian chief Tanagrisson, the "Half King" of the Senecas, rendezvoused before attacking the French camp of Ensign Jumonville and igniting a world war.

< Robert Adamovich at his mountaintop home - a home he designed.

Robert relishes his proximity to the historical time period he loves: the French and Indian War, and his geographical closeness to the places so critical to the careers of Washington and Braddock. Robert is a respected engineer in bridge design and an in-demand architect specializing in traditional and rustic styles. Over time, his fascination with the trails used by Colonial-era armies-some still scarring the terrain-combined with his professional talents and led to the creation of a unique 18th-century-style map that depicts "West Pennsylvania" as it then existed, not a land marked by major cities and highways, but by trails, rivers, and Indian villages. Robert based the map on actual surveys of the period.

In addition to being a functional aid to teachers and scholars, Robert's 14-by-17-inch map is also a work of art that takes on a three- dimensional quality when viewed from various angles and distances. From six feet away, many believe it to be a relief map with raised surfaces marking area mountain ridges.

The map, created with basic inks and even chimney soot that would have been common in the time of George Washington, is the first in a series. Subsequent maps will follow the course of the French and Indian War, from Washington's 1753 mission to negotiate with the French near Lake Erie, to the 1754 Fort Necessity campaign, and then Braddock's grand march over the mountains and defeat near present-day Pittsburgh.

In a few short months, Robert Adamovich's "A Map of West Pennsylvania" has become a local sensation.

He and his work were featured at the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center in Pittsburgh during an event known as "Frontier Days" in July 2002 that was attended by more than 300 visitors. He also appeared for signings at the Christian W. Klay Winery in Chalk Hill, and on behalf of the Ligonier Valley Historical Society at the Compass Inn in Laughlintown, PA. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the map benefit the Fayette Friends of Animals. A man of many talents, Robert appears in the upcoming film documentary George Washington's First War as a provincial soldier in Washington's regiment. His map also appears in the film.

Robert hosts the monthly half-hour television program Historically Speaking on HS-TV in Uniontown, PA, and writes a regular column for the Uniontown Herald-Standard.

For more information on the work of historical artist Robert Adamovich, contact Paladin or call Robert at 412.439.3711.

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