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Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Custis Family
Abingdon Plantation
 
The Custis Family Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. The Custis Family Marker
 
Inscription. John Parke Custis was the adopted stepson of George Washington and had been raised at the nearby Washington estate of Mount Vernon. He and his wife, Eleanor Calvert, lived in New Kent County with their first two daughters. However, Custis wanted to live closer to his parents at Mount Vernon.

In 1778, Custis made a contract with the Alexanders to buy their land. George Washington warned him of the disagreeable terms of sale; however, he wanted so much to live near Mt. Vernon that he ignored his stepfatherís warnings. The Custis family moved to the estate, which they named Abingdon. Their third daughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, was born at Abingdon in 1779 and a son, George Washington Parke Custis, was born in 1781 at Mount Airy, Maryland, the Calvert family home. [Editorís note: See related markers for a link to the historical marker about Mount Airy].

Unfortunately, John Parke Custis did not live to see George Washington become the first President of the United States. Custis died of “camp fever” after the British army surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. Washington adopted the two youngest Custis children, Nelly and George, who moved from Abingdon to live with their grandparents at Mount Vernon.

In 1783, Custisí widow, Eleanor, married Dr. David Stuart, whom Washington
 
The Hunter Family and Custis Family Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. The Hunter Family and Custis Family Markers
 
appointed to help plan the nationís new capital city while the family continued to live at Abingdon. After John Parke Custisí death, Abingdon was returned to the Alexanders in 1792.
 
Location. 38° 51.074′ N, 77° 2.685′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is located between the parking garages at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abingdon Plantation (here, next to this marker); The Hunter Family (here, next to this marker); The Industrial Age (a few steps from this marker); Abingdon Plantation Restoration (a few steps from this marker); Abingdon (a few steps from this marker); The Alexander Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ages of Abingdon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ronald Reagan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
 
More about this marker. At the top of the marker is an illustration of "Abingdon, as it may have appeared in 1778."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Mount Airy in Maryland, the Calvert family home.
 
Also see . . .
 
John Parke Custis Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
3. John Parke Custis
 
 Abingdon Plantation. (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
The Custis Family Tree Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
4. The Custis Family Tree
 
 
The combined Washington and Custis Family, after the death of John Parke Custis Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
5. The combined Washington and Custis Family, after the death of John Parke Custis
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,726 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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