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Slavery at Mount Vernon

 
 
Slavery at Mount Vernon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2000
1. Slavery at Mount Vernon Marker
Inscription.
“It is my Will and desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own right shall receive their freedom.”
George Washington in his will, 1799

Of the 316 slaves at Mount Vernon in 1799, most lived and worked on the four outlying farms. About one of every four working slaves was a skilled worker such as a blacksmith, carpenter or shoemaker. The majority of women, worked in the fields, but some filled the position of spinner, weaver, cook, house servant, and seamstress. The 1799 figure reflects the expansion of the plantation since the time of George and Martha Washingtonís wedding in 1759, when there were about 50 slaves at Mount Vernon.
 
Location. 38° 42.349′ N, 77° 5.329′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) and George Washington Memorial Parkway, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial
Slavery at Mount Vernon image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2000
2. Slavery at Mount Vernon
(within shouting distance of this marker); Powel Coach (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tomb of Washington (about 800 feet away); The Old Vault (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Mount Vernon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Also see . . .  George Washington's Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Ladiesí Association (Submitted on April 5, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, US
 
Entrance to Slave Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller
3. Entrance to Slave Burial Ground
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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