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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Meditation Rock

 
 
Meditation Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 10, 2008
1. Meditation Rock Marker
Inscription.
Here
Mary Ball Washington prayed for the safet of her son and country during the dark days of the Revolution.

This tablet was presented by The National Mary Washington Memorial Association
(Chartered February 22, 1890 - February 22, 1962)
by whose devoted efforts this monument was erected and this site maintained.
 
Erected by The National Mary Washington Memorial Association.
 
Location. 38° 18.353′ N, 77° 28.145′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Pitt Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. George Eskridge Memorial Tree (here, next to this marker); Religious Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shiloh Baptist Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Hugh Mercer (about 800 feet away); George Rogers Clark
Meditation Rock and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 10, 2008
2. Meditation Rock and Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Kenmore (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Canal Defines Its Neighborhood (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The grounds of the Mary Washington Monument contain three standing historical resources: the monument itself; the Gordon Family Cemetery; and Meditation Rock, a natural feature associated with Mary Washington's life. The monument consists of a 20-foot tall granite obelisk set atop a 10-foot base. Two sides of the base are engraved with lettering. The front contains raised relief letters reading "Mary The Mother of Washington." The reverse side is engraved with the lines "Erected By Her Country-Women." The simple monument is surrounded by an iron fence and boxwood bushes. Immediately adjacent to the monument, enclosed by a brick wall, stands the Gordon Family cemetery. The cemetery contains approximately ten Gordon family graves marked variously by an obelisk, upright headstones, and by engraved slab tombs. Meditation Rock occupies the edge of the ridge that descends down on the northwest corner of the grounds. The rock formation is marked by the historical marker mentioned on this page.

In addition,
Meditation Rock image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 10, 2008
3. Meditation Rock
The Mary Washington Monument is behind and above Meditation Rock.
the site contains a tree dedicated to Mary Ball Washington's guardian, Colonel George Eskridge (see other nearby markers for more information). According to the associated plaque, the tree was moved to this site from Eskridge's Westmoreland County home "Sandy Point" in 1937 under the sponsorship of Mrs. Elise Towson Coele.

The Mary Washington Monument was completed in 1893 and dedicated the following year under the sponsorship of the National Mary Washington Memorial Association and the Fredericksburg Mary Washington Memorial Association. William J. Crawford of John Crawford and Son of Buffalo, New York, designed the monument.
 
Categories. LandmarksNatural FeaturesNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Meditation Rock Postcard image. Click for more information.
By Kevin W.
4. Meditation Rock Postcard
A vintage postcard of Meditation Rock, published by R. A. Kishpaugh of Fredericksburg, VA.
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The Gordon Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 10, 2008
5. The Gordon Family Cemetery
Immediately adjacent to the monument stands the Gordon Family cemetery that is enclosed by a brick wall. The cemetery contains approximately ten Gordon family graves marked variously by an obelisk, upright headstones, and by engraved slab tombs.
The Gordons were 19th century owners of Kenmore.
Mary Washington Monument image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 10, 2008
6. Mary Washington Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,851 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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