Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington Becomes a Burgess for Frederick County
"Mr. Washington presented to the House, according to order, a bill to prevent hogs running at large within the Town of Winchester or limits thereof."
On July 24, 1758, the freeholders of Frederick County elected George Washington as their representative to Virginia's House of Burgesses. He had "treated them well, pouring out barrels of rum, wine, and beer into their bumpers on Election Day."
During his terms as Burgess from Frederick County, local historians can find only one bit of legislation affecting the Town of Winchester, which he sponsored on March 1, 1761 which was to prevent hogs from running through the streets of Winchester to prevent contamination of the drinking water.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Government & Politics. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1761.
Location. 39° 10.953′ N, 78° 10.042′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker can be reached from West Cork Street (Route 50) just east of South Braddock Street (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannon Used by George Washington (a few steps from this marker); Braddock Cannon (a few steps from this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Peggy Wolfe McKee, Mary Bruce Glaize, Martha Wolfe (within shouting distance of this marker); James R. Wilkins, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Braddock Street United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Photos of Old Town Winchester (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker.
Col. James Wood, the founder of Winchester, was carried through the streets when George Washington was elected Frederick County's representative to the House of Burgesses on July 24, 1758.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.