“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oak Grove in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

History at Oak Grove

History at Oak Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. History at Oak Grove Marker
Inscription. Here George Washington, while living at Wakefield with a brother, went to school, 1744–1746. Here Union Cavalry came on a raid through the Northern Neck, May 1863. Several miles north of this place, James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, was born, 1758.
Erected 1928 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number J-67.)
Location. 38° 10.977′ N, 77° 0.001′ W. Marker is in Oak Grove, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on Kings Highway (Virginia Route 3) just west of James Monroe Highway (Virginia Route 205), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westmoreland Association (here, next to this marker); Charles B. Smith (approx. one mile away); Bristol Iron Works (approx. 2.4 miles away); King George County / Westmoreland County (approx. 2.6 miles away); George Washington’s Birthplace (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Burial Ground (approx. 3.8 miles away); John Washington House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Link to the World (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oak Grove.
More about this marker.
History at Oak Grove and Westmoreland Association Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. History at Oak Grove and Westmoreland Association Markers
George Washington’s brother mentioned in the inscription was named Samuel Washington (1734–1781).
Also see . . .
1. Washington Birthplace National Monument. “George Washington, who was born the next year, as their first child, never owned Wakefield. Upon the death of his father in 1743, it passed to George's older half-brother, Augustine, Jr. At that time George, aged 11, may have returned for awhile to attend a nearby school. Because he was close to his half-brother, in subsequent years he visited often.” (Submitted on September 2, 2009.) 

2. Yankees, Blue Pigs, and a Castle: The Northern Neck And The Civil War. “According to Lancaster County, Virginia: Where the River Meets the Bay by Carolyn Jett, ‘In May of 1863, a Federal army officer reported that operation on the Northern Neck had resulted in the destruction of 50 boats and goods in transit worth $30,000, and in the taking of 800 slaves, 40 or 50 prisoners (including two officers), plus many mules and horses’.” (Submitted on September 2, 2009.) 

3. Big Plans for James Monroe Birthplace. 2005 article by Frank Delano of the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star “Six miles away, Monroe’s birthplace is an overgrown tract between Monroe Creek and State Route 205 at Monroe Hall. The place now features a flagpole and an assortment of monuments and plaques in memory of Monroe and the politicians and organizations who dedicated them over the years.” (Submitted on September 2, 2009.) 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,354 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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