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Near Ferry Farm in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Washington Plantation

 
 
The Washington Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
1. The Washington Plantation Marker
Inscription. The Washington plantation consisted of two farms: the Home House Farm, where the family lived, and a quarter, (outlying farm) located to the east. The main crops were corn, wheat, and tobacco. The plantation complex included the Washington house, a kitchen dependency, dairy, storehouses, barns, and slave quarters. When Augustine Washington died here in 1743, there were 20 slaves living at the Home House Farm and 6 at the quarter. The inventory of his estate lists 27 head of cattle, 21 sheep, 21 pigs, and 4 horses at Home House Farm and 18 head of cattle, 19 pigs, 11 sheep, and 2 horses at the quarter. By the terms of Augustine Washington's will, George Washington was to inherit all of this land, ten slaves, and other property when he reached twenty-one.

In his 1771 survey of the Home House Farm, George Washington identified a garden and henyard in the vicinity of the house. If the fabled cherry tree grew on the plantation, it may have been in this area.

George Washington left his mother in possession of the plantation after he moved to Mount Vernon, but returned for visits. In 1771 he surveyed the Home House Farm, recording the boundaries of the fields and pastures he had known since childhood. This survey is the most important surviving record of the layout of the Washington plantation.
 
Location.
The Washington Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
2. The Washington Plantation Marker
38° 17.735′ N, 77° 26.974′ W. Marker is near Ferry Farm, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from King's Highway (State Highway 3), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the walking trail for the Washington's Boyhood Home site. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ferries (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War at Ferry Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington’s Childhood Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington Boyhood Home Site (about 800 feet away); Creek Delegation in Fredericksburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredericksburg City Dock (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Ferry Farm.
 
More about this marker. In the lower left of the marker is a drawing, published in Anna C. Reed's The Life of George Washington from 1842, depicting the famous cherry tree incident. On the right is a depiction of George Washington as a surveyor from by Walter Haskell Hinton.
 
Also see . . .  Archeologists Discover Historical Gem
Ongoing Excavations around the House Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
3. Ongoing Excavations around the House Foundation
In the summer of 2008 archeologists announced the discovery of Washington's boyhood home. The home had burned in a 1740 Christmas Eve fire. The white building behind the dig sites is the Surveyor's Shed, which dates to 1870.
. Excavations at Washington’s Boyhood Home Uncover Vital Piece of Presidential History. (Submitted on December 15, 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 716 times since then and 49 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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