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Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

 
 
Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2008
1. Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm Marker
Inscription. (Front):
Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry
For George Washington, Fredericksburg was "...the place of my growing infancy." The old town on the Rappahannock River remained his home until he moved permanently to Mt. Vernon after the death of his brother Lawrence. Ferry Farm was his inheritance under his father's will, as Mt. Vernon was Lawrence's.

Ferry Farm is the setting of Parson Weems' tales of young George Washington - the honest boy who could not tell as lie (about cutting down the cherry tree) and the strong young man who tossed a stone (not a silver dollar!) across the Rappahannock River. Cherry trees still grow there and the river still runs past.

Washington's mother Mary lived in Fredericksburg until her death in 1789, managing the Ferry Farm until she moved into a house in town closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Fielding Lewis. A close friend and advisor of Washington, Fielding Lewis staked his personal fortune on a gunnery of Fredericksburg which supplied arms to help win the American Revolution.

The Lewises' magnificent house, known today as Kenmore, was built in 1775. It contains the most elaborate decorative plaster work of the colonial period. This is a dramatic contrast to the simple charm of Washington's mother's house only a few blocks away.

These
George Washington Birthplace National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2008
2. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
historic houses and Ferry Farm, lying opposite old Fredericksburg along the banks of the Rappahannock, help tell the story of the Fredericksburg boy who became the "Father of His Country."
These sites are open to the public.

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George Washington Birthplace National Monument
America's first and greatest hero, George Washington, was born on his father's Popes Creek tobacco plantation in 1732. He would spend his formative years learning the culture of the Virginia aristocracy, experiencing the community of master, servants, and slaves, and absorbing the legacy of three generations of Washingtons before him in America.

Located in the Northern Neck of Virginia, 38 miles east of Fredericksburg on Virginia Route 3, George Washington Birthplace National Monument preserves the heart of Augustine Washington's plantation, the 17th century homesite of the immigrant John Washington, and the Washington Family Burial Ground.

First marked in 1815, George Washington's Birthplace contains a Memorial House and dependencies constructed in 1931 near the site of the original Washington home. Here, in the peace and beauty of this place untouched by time, the stanch character of our hero comes to imagination.
 
Erected by National Park Service in partnership with the George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation
One in a Set of Marker at the Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. One in a Set of Marker at the Welcome Center
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Location. 38° 18.989′ N, 77° 30.297′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Interstate 95, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in front of the Fredericksburg Rest Stop / Welcome Center on I-95 south bound, just past the Rappahannock River bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington: Soldier and Virginia Planter (here, next to this marker); George Washington: Surveyor and Family Man (here, next to this marker); George Washington: Statesman and Public Servant (here, next to this marker); The Heights at Smith Run (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Vermont Brigade Counterattacks (approx. 0.9 miles away); Falls of the Rappahannock River (approx. 0.9 miles away); Embrey Dam (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rappahannock River Runs Free Once More (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Kenmore. Web site of the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. George Washington Birthplace National Monument. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,409 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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