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Martha Washington's Birthplace

 
 
Martha Washington's Birthplace Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
1. Martha Washington's Birthplace Marker
Inscription. About two miles northeast stood Chestnut Grove, the plantation home of John and Frances Jones Dandridge, where Martha Dandridge, the eldest of eight children, was born on 2 June 1731. She lived there until 15 May 1750, when she married Daniel Parke Custis and moved to his plantation, White House, on the Pamunkey River. According to tradition, the wedding took place at Chestnut Grove. Custis died in 1757, and two years later Martha Custis married George Washington. Chestnut Grove, a two-story frame house with six rooms, burned in 1926.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WO 18.)
 
Location. 37° 31.069′ N, 76° 58.714′ W. Marker is in New Kent, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of New Kent Highway and Courthouse Circle. Click for map. The marker is located on the lawn in front of the New Kent County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: New Kent VA 23124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Parke Custis (here, next to this marker); James Lafayette (a few steps from this marker); New Kent Courthouse (within shouting
Martha Washington's Birthplace Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
2. Martha Washington's Birthplace Marker
distance of this marker); A Tale of Three Structures (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wilson House: Witness to Three Centuries (about 500 feet away); Harold J. Neale (approx. 3.8 miles away); Stuart's Ride (approx. 5.4 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Kent.
 
Also see . . .
1. About the White House - First Ladies. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington b.1731 -- d.1802 (Submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. National First Ladies' Library. First Lady Biography: Martha Washington (Submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Valley Forge - Who served here?. Martha Washington. (Submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. New Kent County Photographs. Chestnut Grove - Home of Martha Washington. (Submitted on April 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USColonial EraNotable Persons
 
Martha Washington Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. Martha Washington
This 1796 portrait of Martha Washington by Gilbert Stuart, known as the “Athenaeum” portrait, hangs in the National Gallery in Washington DC.

“Gilbert Stuart painted this portrait of Martha Washington at the same time he did that of the president. Both paintings were, commissioned by the Washingtons. They were never completed, however, and, the artist kept them in his possession until his death. Although Stuart made many copies of the president's portrait, no other likeness of Martha Washington by Stuart is known to exist.” — National Gallery of Art
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,188 times since then and 137 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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