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Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington in Winchester
 
George Washington in Winchester Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
1. George Washington in Winchester Marker
 
Inscription. In Mar. 1748, George Washington first visited Winchester, then known as Fredericktown, as a surveyor for Lord Fairfax. Washington purchased property in Winchester in 1753 and was an unsuccessful candidate for a House of Burgesses seat here in 1755. Winchester served as Washington’s headquarters from 1755 to 1758 while he commanded Virginia troops on the western frontier during the French and Indian War. He was also involved with the construction of Fort Loudoun here and a series of other frontier forts authorized by the Virginia General Assembly during this period. He represented Frederick County in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1758 to 1765.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q 4c.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.1′ N, 78° 9.31′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Martinsburg Turnpike (U.S. 11) and Brooke Road (Local Route 1322), on the right when traveling south on Martinsburg Turnpike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance
 
Virginia State Markers Standing Along US 11 At North Entrance to Winchester Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. Virginia State Markers Standing Along US 11 At North Entrance to Winchester
 
of this marker. Fort Collier (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Collier (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3rd Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away); Lt. Collier’s Earthworks (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Collier (about 500 feet away); The Cavalry Charge at Fort Collier (about 600 feet away); Third Battle of Winchester (about 600 feet away); Capture of Star Fort (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. Russell Hastings (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with this same title and number erected in the late 1920s or early 1930s that read on the front, “George Washington began his career here in 1748 as surveyor to Lord Fairfax. Here he had his headquarters as commander on the Virginia frontier against the French and Indians, 1755-1758. Here he built Fort Loudoun, and was a member of the House of Burgesses for this county, 1758–1761.” On the back was, “Winchester — At first called Fredericktown, it was founded in 1744, near a Shawnee Indian village, by Colonel James Wood, a native of the English city of Winchester. The town was situated in Lord Fairfax’s proprietary of the Northern Neck. It was chartered in 1752.”
 
George Washington's Lot Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
3. George Washington's Lot
Downtown at the corner of Braddock Street and Fairfax Lane is the plot of land purchased by Washington. A separate marker details the lot and its history.
 

 
Regarding George Washington in Winchester. Separate historical markers detail George Washington’s Lot, his office, and Fort Loudoun.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
George Washington's Office Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
4. George Washington's Office
Downtown at the corner of Braddock and Cork Streets stands George Washington's office, used while he supervised the frontier defenses.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,735 times since then. Last updated on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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