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Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Memorial Area

 
 
The Memorial Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
1. The Memorial Area Marker
Inscription. Generations of Americans have expressed their reverence for George Washington at his birth site. The park is the cumulative result of a century of memorial efforts.

In 1923, on the eve of the bicentennial of Washington's birth, interested citizens decided to create a memorial landscape here, including the Memorial House, colonial kitchen, brick walkways, and an extensive cedar grove. When built, the Memorial House and colonial kitchen represented a best guess at the historic appearance of Popes Creek Plantation. We now know that they bear little resemblance to the structures that stood here in 1732.

These early commemorative efforts led to the designation of Washington's birthplace as the first historic site in the National Park System in 1930. With the later addition of workshops and farm buildings, the memorial area has become a working colonial farm. Begin your walk through the farm area inside the colonial kitchen, just in front of you.

Builders of the Memorial House thought its location marked the site of the birth house. Six years later, archeologists confirmed the location of the birth house foundation, 100 feet away.
 
Location. 38° 11.131′ N, 76° 54.992′ W. Marker is in Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland
George Washington Birthplace National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
2. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
County. Marker can be reached from Popes Creek Road. Click for map. The marker is at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, one of our National Parks. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archeology at Popes Creek (a few steps from this marker); Dairy (a few steps from this marker); George Washington’s Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Popes Creek Plantation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artery of Commerce (about 500 feet away); The Historic Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Explore a trail network (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Colonial Beach.
 
Additional keywords. George Washington, Augustine Washington, Popes Creek Plantation, Potomac River
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial Era
 
The Memorial Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
3. The Memorial Area Marker
The replica colonial kitchen is in the background.
Interior of Colonial Kitchen image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
4. Interior of Colonial Kitchen
Farm Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
5. Farm Buildings
The view looking from the marker towards the farm buildings.
A Park Ranger Explains the Outline of the George Washington Birthplace House image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
6. A Park Ranger Explains the Outline of the George Washington Birthplace House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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